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  1. 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
  2. connorp

    Mazon Creek Spider

    This concretion opened up a couple weeks ago. When I first looked at it, I could tell there was something there, but the contrast between it and the surrounding matrix was very low, so I didn't think much of it. I got around to looking at it again yesterday. In very bright oblique light, I realized it was actually a very beautiful spider with legs and all. It measures about 1cm. I am not sure on the ID. Colors inverted
  3. 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.
  4. Marco90

    Mastigusa sp. in amber

    From the album: My collection in progress

    Mastigusa sp. Menge 1854 Location: Sambian Peninsula, Kaliningrad Oblast Age: 56-34 Mya (Eocene, Paleogene) Measurements: 2,1x1,8 cm (amber), 5 mm (length of spider) Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum: Chelicerata Class: Arachnida Order: Araneae Suborder: Opisthothelae Family: Hahniidae
  5. The last (for now) addition to my fossil collection consists of three amber pieces from Baltic and East Europe. They're dated to Eocene.
  6. ConnorR

    Specimen #2 Closeup #3

    From the album: Burmese Amber

  7. ConnorR

    Specimen #2 Closeup #2

    From the album: Burmese Amber

  8. ConnorR

    Specimen #2 Closeup #1

    From the album: Burmese Amber

  9. ConnorR

    Two specimens.

    From the album: Burmese Amber

    Top specimen contains a small lizard foot. Bottom specimen contains what appear to be two spiders. Bought from Israeli seller.
  10. Hi, I found this the other day and thought possible it was a crinoid but the bottom was very round and not disc like. Any help would be greatly appreciated. It was found in the Canehill, Arkansas area Northwest Arkansas, thanks.
  11. Hey guys! I found this nice looking Columbian Amber with a lot of inclusions and a big Spider, and was wondering what you think about it. Let me know what you think!
  12. marguy

    Diatomite fossils

    On October 10, we (my wife and I) went to an extraction site for diatomites, in the Cantal massif. The age of these rocks is Messinian, bordering on Miocene-Pliocene. I present some photos of the exploited site (seen during a previous visit) and some fossils found this Sunday in the rocks stored awaiting industrial treatment. The remains of fossil plants are not abundant, you have to cut a lot of rock and the quality of conservation is often poor, but occasionally a pretty leaf appears... The next problem is long-term preservation, even with immediate consolidation tr
  13. Hi everyone, this is a piece of "amber" I bought a little while back. Not entirely sure if it's real so I thought I'd check here. It fluoresces green under a UV light and sort of smells sappy when pricked with a hot pin. Also included are some microscopic photos of the insect inclusions.
  14. Rockaholic

    Pit 11 Spider ?

    Any chance this is a spider?
  15. daves64

    Itsy Bitsy spider..

    At least I think it's a spider. Only has 6 legs. Only 1.5 mm in length from highest tip to lowest leg bend. Burmite amber, 99 myo (give or take). Pic at 90 x
  16. Hello my friends ! I just wanted do share pics of superb. male Jumping Spider ( Salticidae ) that i had. It is not often to see so amazing, colorful and well preserved eyes of jumpers so a little showing off I will upload more photos in comments. Cheers from Poland !
  17. Hello from Greece. Nice to meet you again. Before 2 days in a new open road from Greece to Bulgaria i stop at one point along the route to look if i found any interesting rocks or fossils. (the point is in the photo). I found obsidian, corneal and more, BUT in 7 meters deep down, from the top I saw a small rock protrude from the base rock and it made me curious about the strange lines he had. With a screwdriver I pulled it out relatively easily as the rock is not too hard. My big surprise was when I held it in my hands. It was very tough but very lightweight and is hollow
  18. This is the most incredible piece of amber ever found. its so unbelievable, that nobody takes me serious when i post images of it anywhere. Facebook groups delete it and block me for posting fake fossils. its still attached to about a foot and a half of the original tree that the sap was secreted from. that in itself is very rare and one of a kind. this part that is wood, has high magnetic attraction. the fact that its included with creatures that have never been identified before, neither in amber or out is another unbelievable aspect of this piece. notice the two creatures in blue. bot
  19. Initially described as a fossil spider, this fossil ends up being a crayfish from China https://m.phys.org/news/2019-12-jackalope-ancient-spider-fossil-deemed.html
  20. How do these pieces of amber look? The first few pictures of the flies and the feather are described as deinonychus or velociraptor (or something like this as the description was not clear) from Burma. The last few are of a spider.
  21. Mediospirifer

    Buggy Amber

    Last year, I went to a gem & mineral show and (among other things) acquired this piece of amber. The seller assured me that it was amber (not copal), but he didn't know where it was from or how old it was. I examined the piece (and several others) with my loupe before choosing this one, based of the number and variety of bugs in it. I have several spiders, a couple of ants, some mosquitos (one with an engorged gut if I'm not mistaken in the ID), a beetle, and at least one midge, plus a couple of things I can't identify. My best guess at origin is Burmese.
  22. Ramon

    Arachnid? in Burmese amber

    Hi guys and gal, I recently bought some burmese amber pieces online. When I looked through this particular piece, I was amazed at the inclusion within it. It looks like a spider or tick, or some type of arachnid, however I am no entomologist. I was wondering if one of The Fossil Forum’s members could help me id this mysterious little critter. The specimen come from northern Myanmar/Burma and is about 99 million years old from the middle Cretaceous period. I have never seen an insect like this. It is quite squared in shape. It is a small insect around 3-4 mm. Through a 10x le
  23. Hey friends, hope you're all having a great week. Here is a recent purchase of mine, a piece of Baltic Amber with a nicely preserved spider (Araneae sp.), leaf and Midge. Really loved how this looked and couldn't resist. Eocene period 35–50 million years. Dimensions are 20×13×6 mm. Thanks for looking
  24. Thecosmilia Trichitoma

    New Fossil Spiders With "Glowing" Eyes

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/01/new-fossil-spiders-with-glowing-eyes-found-south-korea/
  25. Aurelius

    Spider in amber ID

    This is probably a long shot, but can anyone possibly provide any information about this spider? It's in a piece of Baltic amber. The amber has been polished in a domed shape, so it's hard to get a decent photo, this is probably about as good as it gets.
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