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  1. Hello, My Dad and I purchased a really beautiful Solnhofen dragonfly resembling something very similar to this (not my picture), which has these really prominent eyes and legs on it. Is this naturally preserved or likely painted on, and if so, does this affect the quality and value? Seller is reputable and I know paint is common with the Solnhofen just so you can see them for display which I don't mind but just curious what is likely real and what is not... Ours is a big boy at over 7".
  2. Howdy! I’ve recently inherited a small amount of money, which I intend to spend on a high quality fossil. Merry Christmas to me! (I’m sure my Mom would approve…) I’ve always wanted a Solnhofen dragonfly. Attached are a couple photos of a specimen of interest, identified as Aeschnogomphus. I’ve requested UV photos if possible of specimen, which is in Europe. I know it’s essentially all real. But is there artistic enhancement? Seller says no repair, but can’t say whether it has been enhanced. It is very, very expensive, a once in a lifetime purchase. Probabl
  3. rocket


    From the album: Fossils from the Plattenkalke of the Altmühl Valley

    another lovely dragonfly, 4 wings and parts of the body (the body is often not preserved), size is around 7 cm, just in prep (I hope to find more of the body, we will see...)
  4. rocket

    Cordulagomphus fenestratus

    The lower cretaceous sediments near Nova Olinda in Bras are rich in fossils like fishes, insect and plants. One of the nicest insects you can get are dragonflies. Today it is forbidden to dig and export, so only chance is to get some from old collections. This nice 4,7 cm wide Cordulagomphus fenstratus has no coloring or restaurations
  5. I got offered this piece and I would be happy if someone can give me any hint if its real and no restoration. Thanks.
  6. rocket


    From the album: Fossils from the Plattenkalke of the Altmühl Valley

    rare and beautyful: Dragonflies. But, not easy to identify... Details in the wing-structure, length of upper to lower wing... this is one we did not find the right name yet. Might be a small Cymatophlebia, but... Size is around 6 cm, Eichstaett edit: we got the name, a rare Nannogomphus, great!

    © fossils worldwide

  7. Dragonfly, purportedly originally from Jurassic Daohugou Biota, China. Preservation looks rough enough to maybe be real, but I don't know much about insects that aren't encased in amber.
  8. Wanted a bit of help on this one. I am in the market for a dragonfly fossil from Solnhofen Germany. I have found this one but not sure it is real. Any help would be great. They list it as a "tarsophlebia eximia" Thanks!
  9. Hi, I have here a Dragonfly fossil from Germany. The fossil itself is just over 3". How would I tell if it's authentic? Thank you, Bellamy
  10. Hello, As I'm sure most have seen, certain fossils sometimes have a white or cream colored "halo" around them and other times the same type of fossil doesn't. I'm wondering.... can someone explain why this is? I personally always prefer specimens without the halo purely from an aesthetic perspective. But I'd be curious to learn more about why this is done and also whether or not other people prefer one way over the other. Is one way considered more desired than the other way, should one expect to pay a significant premium for one over the other? etc. Thanks very much! And to show y
  11. I do not have a lot of experience buying insect fossils and was wondering if this ancestor to the modern dragonfly fossil is real?
  12. This morning a paper was published about a find I made a couple of years ago. Beckemeyer-Engel-2018-Archaemegatptilus (1).pdf
  13. Hi, please, could you help us with the identification of this fossil? It belongs to the south of Spain. Thanks in advance
  14. ThePrehistoricMaster

    Dragonfly wing?

    Hi, this fossil was found in the Fur Formation of Denmark, which 55 million years ago was at the bottom of an ocean. Someone claimed that this fossil was part of a dragonfly wing, but what do you think?
  15. Crazyhen

    Dragonfly Fossil from Liaoning

    Hi, this is a specimen from Daohugou, Liaoning. Is it a Sinaeschnidia cancellosa?
  16. From the album: MY FOSSIL Collection - Dpaul7

    Ephemeropsis trisetalis Dragonfly Larvae fossil Liaoning Province of China Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous 113-145 million years These fossil plates display classic early dragonfly Ephemeropsis trisetalis features in great detail for a fossil of this age. IInsects were one of the first groups to recover from the great Permian mass extinction and show more diversity in the Triassic. One of their early advantages was that some of them had mastered flight and were able to escape from predators, something no other group succeeded in doing for millions of years. From then until to
  17. Hey all, I came across this thing and wanted Your opinions on whether it is a fake or real fossil. Please let Me know what You think. Thanks, Ynot
  18. First record of the Lower Jurassic damselfly Protomyrmeleon brunonis Geinitz, 1887 from Charmouth, UK donated to "Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart". Three wings super-imposed, without body. So far only known from Dobbertin in Mecklenburg, Germany. F. E. Geinitz (1887): Beitrag zur Geologie Mecklenburgs. Archiv des Vereins der Freunde der Naturgeschichte in Mecklenburg 41:143-216
  19. Quetzalcoatlus

    Fossil insect from China

    This piece was exposed an a mineral, fossil and gem fair. I believe it's a dragonfly nymph (=inmature). It's very big in comparison with modern dragonfly nymphs: about 8 cm lenght. Piece comes from Liaoning (China) and I think it's middle Jurassic. Any help in ID? Thanks!
  20. Came across these ridiculous fakes this morning. Disturbing how many people are bidding on them. "Mammal Fossil" "Chimera fish fossil" "Butterfly fossil" "Dragonfly Fossil" "Scorpion fossil" on the same slab as "dragonfly" and "fish fossil" on the backside of same slab... Continued...
  21. Hi all. I'm interested in getting a Solnhofen dragonfly. This one caught my eye due to its unique preservation. I'm concerned about its authenticity though. I'm okay-ish with highlighting, but not if the wings are drawn on. What are your thoughts on this dragonfly here?
  22. Hi all, I am interested in acquiring this crinoid from an old shop in Chinatown. The store owner told me he brought it out of China decades ago but does not know the ID. My own amateur guess is Traumatocrinus but can anyone else give some insight on this? Below are a few pictures of the specimen, which measures about 1 ft(12") in length. I will detail the Chinese dragonfly in the next post. Edit: forgot about the measurements!
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