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Found 105 results

  1. Hi all. We found this on the rocky Pacific Ocean beaches about 50 miles south of Mendocino, CA. To my untrained eye it looks like a winged insect or perhaps scales. Or am I seeing what I want to see? The photos give dimension and one shot is 7X macro. Any thoughts or comments are always greatly appreciated!
  2. Can you please help ID?

    Is this a bee, ant, or something else? Was found in Florrissant Fossil Quarry back in 2011 by my oldest grandchild. I added this to my small collection for safe keeping. If you could ID it, I would be most appreciative and my grandchild would be excited. Thanks. Forgot to input found in Colorado. Thanks.
  3. "fake eggs"

    lovely piece,ignore at your own peril very educational,recommended fichnolAlleged__egg_Crets_redb.pdf
  4. Is this a shrimp in burmite amber ?

    Is this a shrimp in burmite amber or insect larvae ?
  5. Another nice find. What is it?

    What is this one? That is a nickel next to it in the one pic to give you an idea on size.
  6. Here's one I ran across the other day, Simply put, this is one of the most aesthetically attractive fossil insects preserved on shale I have ever seen. A practically perfect specimen in superb condition. And excellently photographed by a museum technician. It's from what they're calling the Miocene Savage Canyon Formation, Nevada. Some quick research disclosed that, unfortunately, it's from a locality that is no longer accessible to the general public. Somebody more experienced with matters entomological will perhaps recognize just what exactly the bug is: R E L A X, folks--I fully understand that technically speaking it's not a true bug, of course. Looks dipteran, obviously. The photograph is from a web page over at http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?enlarge=0000+0000+1215+1242 .
  7. Insect Antenna or Plant Fragment?

    Hi all, I noticed this weird little object on a rock in my collection from the famous Talbragar Fish Beds (late Jurassic of Australia) and I was wondering whether it might be a feathery insect antenna or just a small bit of plant. Both plants (conifers and ferns mostly) and rare insects are known from the site. It measures only 5 mm long and I have done a quick drawing of it to show the form easier. Note the double branching tips on the lower filaments. Cheers!
  8. Insect wing?

    Hi. I found this in South Yorkshire, UK in the Pennine Middle Coal Measures formation (upper Carboniferous.) Is it part of an insect wing or just a plant? I think it may be the negative half of the fossil though I'm not sure. Thanks, Daniel
  9. Insect non det.

    From the album Invertebrates

    Insect non det. Middle Jurassic Daohugou Nei Mongol China
  10. Insect non det.

    From the album Invertebrates

    Insect non det. (Mecoptera or Scorpionfly?) Middle Jurassic Daohugou Nei Mongol China
  11. worm takeaway

    Some of you may have heard of Boucot's compendium of fossil behaviour. This could/should be in there,if it isn't already ulrichfausectB50H12S5.PDF
  12. How to polish amber?

    Hello, New to this forum. I recently have developed an interest in fossil inclusions in amber. After buying a number of prepared pieces, I decided I would like to try my hand at polishing some of my own. I found myself the owner of several hundred pieces of Dominican amber with inclusions. I have been doing a wet sand, and feel like I am close, but the pieces just don't seem to be getting a nice clear transparent finish. Any tips for finishing? I attached a few photos, the piece with the winged ants is from my collection and was polished by someone else, just for contrast with the one I was working on. I have a few pieces that look like they may have rarer inclusions (one looks like an earwig), so I am hoping to perfect the technique on a few more common pieces before I try my better ones. Thank you! Nathan
  13. Insect non det.

    From the album Invertebrates

    Insect non det. Mecoptera? Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation Chifeng Province Nei Mongol PR China
  14. Insect non det.

    From the album Invertebrates

    Insect non det. Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation Chifeng Province Nei Mongol PR China
  15. Insect non det.

    From the album Invertebrates

    Insect non det. Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation Chifeng Province Nei Mongol PR China
  16. Cicadomorpha non det.

    From the album Invertebrates

    Cicadomorpha non det. Anthoscytina sp? Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation Chifeng Province Nei Mongol PR China
  17. 'Alien' insect in amber prompts scientists to add whole new branch to family tree. This bizarre bug is so unusual, entomologists say it belongs in its own, entirely new, order of insects. Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 27, 2017 http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0127/Alien-insect-in-amber-prompts-scientists-to-add-whole-new-branch-to-family-tree Ancient, scary and alien-looking specimen forms a rarity in the insect world – a new order. Oregon State University http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2017/jan/ancient-scary-and-alien-looking-specimen-forms-rarity-insect-world-–-new-order https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/32520806205/ The paper is: Poinar, G. and Brown, A.E., 2016. An exotic insect Aethiocarenus burmanicus gen. et sp. nov.(Aethiocarenodea ord. nov., Aethiocarenidae fam. nov.) from mid-Cretaceous Myanmar amber. Cretaceous Research. Volume 72, April 2017, Pages 100–104 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195667116302506 Yours, Paul H.
  18. Hi all! I am looking for fossil insects for trade. Any location is fine, and basically any insect is fine! I would prefer whole or nearly whole specimens though. If you have any for trade (except for Ephemeroptera or insects in amber; those are the only two I already have.), please PM me! Europe shipping preferred, but worldwide is fine too. In return, I have many different things (sharkteeth, ray teeth, fish teeth, bivalves, coral, etc.), so in your PM just say what you are looking for in return. Best regards and happy hunting! Max
  19. From the album Green River Formation. Parachute Creek Member

    Unidentified insect from the Green River Formation. Parachute Creek Member. Douglas Pass, Colorado. Radar Dome location. 5/8" across.
  20. Green River Insect?

    Need help identifying this fossil. Green River formation. Parachute Creek member. Douglas Pass, Colorado. Radar Dome location. The specimen is 5/8" across. This is the best I can do for a photograph until I can get a macro lens. (or learn how to take better photos) I have tried many different settings and lighting, but I can't seem to get a better photo. Thank you for your help.
  21. Just wondering if someone could help ID this fossil. It is part of a large stone (10 pounds) with many of these on the stone.
  22. Please help identify this insect in amber

    Can anyone please help identify this insect? According to the label, the amber is from the Dominican Republic, dated to the Oligocene. Right now I'm guessing this is a black scavenger fly. Thanks in advance.
  23. Hello everyone! Sorry for again asking your help, but hereby I have some fossils I would like to identify. The reason I put them together in one topic is because I bought them all from the same shop. They have all been purchased the same day at the same location (shop in London). For most of them I do not know where they come from nor the age. Fossil #1: Fossil insect (Liaoning, China; Early Cretaceous) ---> note on back "stone fly [...]" ? Fossil #2: Fossil nautilus (Southern France???) Fossil #3: Fossil ammonite (could be Cleoniceras?) Fossil #4: Fossil sea-shell, gastropod If you want to know how much I bought them for, just ask me in the replies (£). Thank you already for your help! Max
  24. Unusual California Land Fossils!

    Greetings everyone. I am from Northern California. All of the mineral specimens and fossils that I dig up come from the same general area. But it is a complex geological zone, where the Sierra Nevada, the Cascades, the Modoc plateau, and the Basin and Range all sort of come together. I'm going to be posting a series of sets of photos for your enjoyment, but primarily for my education.. I'm hoping to get some help identifying as many fossils in these photos as possible.. I figured I would start with some challenging ones. This first set of photos shows what I am ninety-nine percent sure are land living organisms ( the reason I know this is because I find Leaf fossils in the same Rock ( I'll be posting pictures of those in another set of photos). For size reference, the black objects in these photos are not very large ranging between centimeter or two 2 an inch or so in length... The host rock is a silica-rich jasper-like material that has a hardness of 7 and breaks with a conchoidal fracture. I'm looking forward to hearing what you all think about these. Thanks for your time!
  25. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/24/100-million-years-of-decorating-yourself-in-junk/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_fb20160925ph-bugsinjunk&utm_campaign=Content&sf36857324=1
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