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  1. The largest amber-preserved flower revisited (scientific reports) Franz Bernhard
  2. daves64

    Spider in Baltic amber

    Maybe the title should be "What's left of a spider in Baltic amber". Just got a small 50g package of Baltic amber & when I went to rinse it off (usually a little dirty) I found one rippled piece that was fairly clear so I checked it with my loupe. Found this tiny spider (about 2 mm in size) just below the surface in a lower part of a ripple. I added a small amount of sunflower oil to aid in taking the pic due to the slight distortion caused by the ripple. Not a whole lot left of the thing. I'm thinking it was dead prior to getting "resonated", but it had some hairy legs. Not really holdin
  3. Hi, I come from Poland. I love Baltic amber and inclusions are my great passion. On my blog "Planeta Fordon" I posted my specimens which I donated to researchers or to the Polish Museum of Evolution in Krakow. My blog is here https://planeta-fordon.blogspot.com/ A few inclusions are still unidentified, Can you suggest what they are ? I will be very grateful. Number 154 https://planeta-fordon.blogspot.com/2020/11/inkluzja-nr-154.html Number 67 https://planeta-fordon.blogspot.com/2020/07/inkluzzja-nr-67.html?fbclid=IwAR0qwfuDHZZAPFnoxJ6bwXWn446EFYdG5RTK
  4. Hey everyone! I was wondering about 2 Amber specimens with inclusions that I've had for a while now. I tested both in salt water and acetone and both passed (Both Float in the salt water and both were not affected by the acetone) but I wanted to know what you think. I'll include close ups, regular and under UV light photos of both.
  5. Hi everyone! I am looking for advice on a UV-flashlight. Next month I am going on a field trip to Poland with my fossil club. The first few days of the trip are in Gdansk where we will go and look at the cutting and preparation process of raw baltic amber, but we will also have the possibility to go search for amber at night. The club recommended to bring our own UV-flashlight and I am planning to purchase one but I have a hard time finding what the requirements of such flashlight are if I am planning to use it for searching amber. Does anyone have any tips what I s
  6. Hi, I would really appreciate any advice on the following. I recently bought a set of amber on a well-known auction site (sent from Lithuania). I have read up on how to test for authenticity and did a salt water test, the amber floated- so I guess all good there. I then burnt one, it released a nasty chemical/kerosene smell. Is there anything else I can do to check for authenticity? I bought the amber as a graduation gift for my students, so would hate the idea of giving them a piece of plastic! All advice appreciated.
  7. daves64

    Baltic amber inclusion - unknown

    I've been "patiently" working on a piece of Baltic amber by hand (no power tools), trying to get a good view of an inclusion I found. I still have to work the opposite side down more (about 2.5 mm or so) to get a decent view from the other side, but I'm hoping these views will suffice for now. The first 3 pics are with using my Dino-Lite at 100, 150 & 200x, the 4th pic is a screenshot at 200x using the measurement tool. It's really tiny. No real idea what it might be, but it almost looks like some sort of embryo, especially with the lower ball shaped part, but I could be wrong. Most of
  8. I found this piece while looking through a kilo of Amber and it's a bit different to the usual - there is something distinctly fibrous inside. Usually its the internal patterns of the Amber but this isn't. Unfortunately, its super hard to photograph. I think its probably something like mold or pollen, although I can't see any distinct seed pods etc - going to clean it up a little more tomorrow. I'd appreciate any input. Thanks, John
  9. Hi, Purchased this Baltic Amber from Lithuania. Tried the black light test and the very clear amber turns opaque cream like color. Please see pics. Is this possibly fake? Thanks!
  10. Greetings, dear forum participants. I would like to welcome everyone to discuss a sample of Baltic amber with a possible animal fingerprint. Place of origin Baltic Sea coast. The age of the find is unknown. Areas highlighted in the photo, presumably the animal's fingerprints. Between the possible prints there is an imprinted structure, presumably animal fur. In addition to photographs, I made a video showing how I remove a sample form from amber. ***Translation from Russian using google translator.
  11. I bought this lamp to hunt for amber but im not sure if its the right one. It says its 250 lm
  12. ckmerlin

    Baltic amber insects Eocene

    Well it's been a very long time since I posted here so hello to everyone Had this Baltic amber as a present, it has two nice specimens in it A beetle and a fly, I hope the pictures are okay I took them with my microscope i also did the hot pin test on it and it smells like burnt wood Any one have any ideas on species ? I forgot to mention sizes they are only small 2mm-3mm at Most
  13. So I recently got this Baltic amber and I found out that there is a test that includes water and salt and if the amber sinks then it's fake but if it floats, it's real and mine sank but I'm not sure could you please examine it yourself? And also the spino tooth if you can. Thanks
  14. My dear friends, I'd like to show up a little. As everyone know i am baltic amber inclusions maniac, lover and re-searcher. At my begining i had dream about fining a holotype or seomething extremely rare. With time and determination, we all can do big things, even if its very hard and even we are exhausted. As in every market, here in Poland is very hard to find honest sellers of raw ambers who did not check material for inclusions. To be honest - i must keep fingers crossed if they miss something and i will find it. All the best things are gone at start ( amber fishers and
  15. I've recently been engaging in my pointless and worthless hobby of photographing inclusions in amber. Baltic amber on this occasion, and my favourite type of inclusions, ants. However, I have a question about the structures that I see on the ant's heads, and I wonder if anybody could fill me in? I've done some googling with limited results. My question pertains to the ocelli, organs on the heads of ants which in some way assist them with navigation. First of all, in this picture, you can see a structure between the two antennae, which looks quite similar to a human skin
  16. Hello all. I went to a show recently and purchased this piece of amber with an apparent spider inclusion for $78. I don't have all the materials to do testing, but the piece has no taste. Could anyone help me determine if this is legit by looking?
  17. Monica

    insect in Baltic amber

    Hello everyone! Thanks to the generous @caldigger I have received my very first fossil insect, and I was wondering if anyone can help me identify it further - it's in Baltic amber from Palanga, Lithuania, and it's from the Eocene. Here are some pictures: Thanks so much! Monica
  18. jimmyblanco1976

    Help with Identification

    Dear Fossil Forum I'm just getting started and trying to get up to speed with my own specimens. I have two poor quality pictures of insects, looking for some help with identification. One is a bi map file of a white spider and one is of a small fly. These specimens are in Baltic amber from Latvia. Please help, any comments would be appreciated! Jimmy
  19. From the album: MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Baltic Amber, Fossil, Formicidae, Ant Probably Kalingrad area, Russian Federation Eocene epoch, circa 44 million years ago The Baltic region is home to the largest known deposit of amber, called Baltic amber or succinite. It dates from 44 million years ago (during the Eocene epoch). It has been estimated that these forests created more than 100,000 tons of amber. Today, more than 90% of the world's amber comes from Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia. It is a major source of income for the region; the local Kaliningrad Amber Combine extracted 250 tonnes of it in 2014,[3] 400 tonnes in
  20. From the album: MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Baltic Amber, Fossil, Formicidae, Ant Probably Kalingrad area, Russian Federation Eocene epoch, circa 44 million years ago The Baltic region is home to the largest known deposit of amber, called Baltic amber or succinite. It dates from 44 million years ago (during the Eocene epoch). It has been estimated that these forests created more than 100,000 tons of amber. Today, more than 90% of the world's amber comes from Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia. It is a major source of income for the region; the local Kaliningrad Amber Combine extracted 250 tonnes of it in 2014,[3] 400 tonnes in
  21. Victor Torres

    baltic amber

    This insect is 3.5 mm long. I am posting several views of the same specimen I can find the right way to get a picture of it.
  22. Hello Friends, Long time i didnt post here but i think someone must representing Baltic amber Inclusions on so amazing forum. This time i attach picture of tiny parasitic wasp 1mm body from Baltic amber ( 40-54 million years - Eocene Era ) Hymenoptera: Platygastridae. Spider Eggs Parasitoid ! Cheers to all members ! Artur
  23. Morten Øen

    Baltic Amber insects

    This is my first post here. I'm a writer and photographer. Because of circumstances I have been forced this winter to photograph mostly at home, so I started doing some macro photography. Then I found interesting leftovers from the spiders in the basement, and long story short; I started taking pictures of insect inclusions in Baltic Amber. The difficulty of the subject matter intrigued me greatly. I have started to read "History of Insects" by A. Rasnitsyn, D. Quicke (Kluwer, 2002), to understand amber and inclusion process, and "Insects of Britain and Western Europe" by M. Chinery (A and C B
  24. Dear Friends, I found really nice specimen - Mammalian Hairs inside Baltic Amber. It was very lucky find becouse inside amber with Lepidoptera ( Moth ) i focused only on very nice Lepidoptera. When i start polish second side - i found this amazing hairs. I cut and prepared it separately. Doctors from Polish Uniwersity In Gdansk already saw it - Soon they will be put on exposition in Baltic Amber Museum in Gdansk and i am very proud :) :) Good resolution pictures -------> https://picasaweb.google.com/104612747881478275852/MammalianHairs#slideshow/6155057738284068226 With best r
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