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  1. Dear friends, This time i'd like to show something big, as for Baltic amber - If inclusion got 22mm - its a monster ! And especially plant in this condition is very very rare becouse plants often died on resin surface and also they are often totally oxidised becouse of being close to surface or partially in amber and partially on surface. Extinct Glyptostrobus europaeus 22mm is a museum quality example, i was confirm ID with great specialist, author of books about Baltic Ambers - Carsten Grohn. He said to me - .. What a shame Personally i love botanical inclusions, they are much more rare as i said but also showing how was looks like "amber forest" more than 40 millions years ago. Sadly i cant upload more pictures in this way but i dont want cut them and upload to galery becouse quality gonna be bad. Have a nice watching Artur PS - I am sorry for my sad english.
  2. Dear Friends, This time i'd like to show something very rare ( for Baltic Amber ) Neuroptera ( Dustywing ) Coniopterygidae Archiconiocompsa prisca (Enderlein) ID found with help of scientists from Germany Size of the body - 2.5mm, max - 5 mm First Dustywing in my career, they are very very rare, especially in condition like this buddy from the pictures. Enjoy ! Artur
  3. Lighting for amber photography

    Working on my amber photography setup. Right now, having issues with lighting the insect up properly. Still working on getting the focus correct, just switched to a steomicroscope with a c-mount adapter for my Cannon Rebel. Shooting remotely with the EOS app. Lighting with the scope's backlight and a dual arm microscope light. Any ideas?
  4. Electribius

    It weighs 0.2 grams. Measurement are of the stone. The lenght of insect is 1.2 mm.
  5. Amber Inclusion ID

    Hello, a friend of mine gave me this fossil of baltic amber from an antiquity of 40 million years. It has an insect. I would like to know what kind of insect it is.\
  6. Dear Friends, This time i'd like to show amazing Thuja Cone Inclusion from Baltic Amber. Cupressaceae Family Amazing Preservation after more than 40 million years. Amber weight - 2.8 gram Amber size - 3.3 cm / 3 cm / 0.5 cm Inclusion ~ 0.35 cm More soon Cheers, Artur
  7. pliers pseudoscorpion on burmite amber

    Hi I bought a cockroach in burmite. The second time I bought and the second time I got free The first time flies. And now a big piece of archeognatha, 1 or 2 fly and ... pliers pseudoscorpion. It's a pseudoscorpion or scorpion pliers? I'm sorry for the quality but the spec is very tiny and I have a weak camera.
  8. Anyone able to help with ID on an interesting lepidopteran in Mexican amber from Chiapas (ca. 18-25 Ma)? Any/all thoughts much appreciated. It looked like a nymphalid (perhaps Eurema?) from merchant photos. However after getting the amber and holding it, I'm totally thrown off! There's no record of butterflies from continental Neotropical amber---and preservation is exceptional. Associated with the lep are the flowers, foliage, pollen and seeds of Hymenaea and at least 2 other legumes. Perhaps there's even an orchid hidden in there. (The max file limit's too small to include these hi-res photos...) Amber matrix: ca. 7 x 4 x 2 cm (oblong) Wingspan ca. 3.5 cm Length of wing at longest point ca. 2 cm (crude estimate) 'Unfortunately' (for ID) the amber heavily fluoresces a lovely blue/green: the foliage, pollen, flowers obscure the specimen's body on the (presumably) dorsal side. It's further complicated by refraction on what would be the ventral side. What looks like a dark antenna in the pics is actually just the a side-view of one of the flowering legume's pinnae. I wouldn't be surprised if it's a geometer moth, but what a remarkable fossil if it proves to be a skipper or true butterfly (nymphalid? lycaenid/riodinid?). Thanks all.
  9. could this be fossil material

    Hello I was liking some direction on this item, I dont believe it to be bone material and its not stone , its light and is not cool to the feel. I was wondering if this could be a fossil of some sort. it is translucent in some areas and is quite unique, Thanks for any help.
  10. Curious encapsulated creature

    Found this interesting piece while rock hounding my favorite spot in Nova Scotia. I thought it was the back half of a small fish at first but then I noticed it appears to have a leg coming off one side and the tail seems to be pointed. Any ideas what I have here? Could it be a tetrapod? I have other pics but I could only attach 1. The rock is about 1 inch long and 3/4 of an inch wide.
  11. Mysterious Wood-like Fossil?

    Hello, A fellow collector showed this to me, but I have no idea what it is. It feels somewhat wood-like in terms of weight and texture. There is no information on the origin as well. Any input will be appreciated! Thanks, Jay
  12. Is this mammal hair?

    Recently, I prepared ambers from Indonesia and I found something looks like a mammal hair. I want to sure what is this. Thanks to your help Other picture 1 Other picture 2
  13. Wow! http://a-dinosaur-a-day.com/post/161549500085/a-baby-in-amber
  14. Chunk of amber

    From the album Naughtistic fossils and rocks

    Just a chunk of amber pulled out of the river. It has a rock imbedded in it
  15. Researchers identify evidence of oldest orchid fossil on record Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, May 3, 2017 http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2017/may/researchers-identify-evidence-oldest-orchid-fossil-record https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170504093216.htm Poinar, G. and Rasmussen, F.N., 2017. Orchids from the past, with a new species in Baltic amber. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 183(3), pp.327-333. DOI: 10.1093/botlinnean/bow018 https://academic.oup.com/botlinnean/article-abstract/183/3/327/3092413/Orchids-from-the-past-with-a-new-species-in-Baltic Yours, Paul H.
  16. mushex Fossil mushrooms are rare.... Documentationwise: 10 out of 10
  17. Spent a few hours tonight mucking around trying to get some nice macro shots of some insects in Baltic amber. Here are the results. Field of view is approximately 7mm, but some of these have been cropped considerably.
  18. Ant in Burmite

    I just got an ant, or Hymenoptera Formicidae today in Amber from Myanmar, or Burmite. I had to take pictures of this ant inclusion right away. There is only one deposit of Amber in Myanmar, and it is dated to 99 millio years ago, in the cretaceous, so the date is confirmed. And it glows blue under UV-light. So nice! Although this image is not as good as my others, remember the age difference between Baltic Amber and Burmite. Inclusions in Burmite are almost always more damaged. But this one is like a crime scene. There are claw marks around the ant, and a piece of grass or something (well, it can't be grass, as grass is only 66 mill years old!) next to it. No other plant materials like this in the 1.3g lump of amber. I only payed $60 for it, but I'm going back to my Baltic stuff. Burmite inclusions are just too expensive. A friend of mine just bought a Burmite piece with a feather inside for $1000! Here is the image of my Formicidae, if everything works out right.
  19. I will fear no weevil

    nicely preserved hexapods! periszoj12149.pdf
  20. Could anyone recommend a reputable supplier of Cretaceous amber? thanks!
  21. http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/ancient-monkey-blood-found-fossilized-in-amber/ For the first time, fossilized mammal blood, probably from a 20 to 30 million-year-old monkey, has been found in amber. Ok, it's not quite Jurassic Park, but OligocenePark would probably be safer. In the meantime, we're learning about the evolution of parasites, and maybe something about primate development as well. Emeritus Professor George Poinar, who proposed the idea of resurrecting extinct creatures from DNA in amber, has produced some astonishing discoveries lately, including insects trapped in amber that look nothing like those we see today. This find, however, is a fairly ordinary Ambylomma tick from a tropical rainforest in the Dominican Republic. The significance lies in the fact that shortly before it died the tick had been feeding and so was engorged with blood. It had two holes on its back, through which this blood was escaping when it became sealed in tree sap, which subsequently turned to amber. “These two tiny holes indicate that something picked a tick off the mammal it was feeding on, puncturing it in the process and dropping it immediately into tree sap,” Poinar said in a statement. The discovery has been announced in the Journal of Medical Entomology, where Poinar notes that, besides preserving the monkey blood in extraordinary detail, the amber also captured parasites of the order Piroplasmida, probably from the Babesiidae family. One member of this family, B microti, causes the malaria-like disease babesiosis in humans, while Texas cattle fever is caused by a related species. “Fortunately, the parasites were different enough in texture and density from the erythrocytes that the sugars, terpines, and other components in the resin made them as conspicuous as if they had been stained,” the paper notes, with the parasites looking darker than the rest of the blood. The parasites are found in both the gut cells and body cavity of the tick, confirming that, then as now, this is how they were transmitted. “The life forms we find in amber can reveal so much about the history and evolution of diseases we still struggle with today,” Poinar said. “This parasite, for instance, was clearly around millions of years before humans, and appears to have evolved alongside primates, among other hosts.” Amblyomma ticks are common in Dominican amber and are known to feed on mammals. The DNA of the mammalian host has not been extracted for definitive identification, but the size of the red blood cells match those of canines or primates. The location is consistent with a tree-dwelling monkey, and the tick's holes look like they were have formed by the fingers of another monkey doing some helpful grooming. Fossilized 20 to 30-million-year-old red blood cells, some of them infected by parasites. Oregon State University
  22. about 11 MB,maybe less,awesome plates in the back of the volume A publication about something a bit foreign to me:cultural anthropology of the "Stone age". This classic(age-wise AND pictorially speaking) piece shows what the fashionistas of that period might have worn by way of jewelry. All of you who collect human artefacts:beware,stunners ahead Edit: NB: you have to be able to read German to FULLY enjoy this
  23. Termite in buremite

    Hi Whats is termite it?
  24. I bought this a few years back and I was wondering if it was amber, copal or plastic. It was labeled as Baltic Amber and it has a spider inclusion in it. Are there any tests I can do to it that are pretty reliable and will not ruin it. I put it in salt water and it sunk to the bottom. Not sure if the mixture was correct. I have a saltwater fish tank and I used water from it for the test because it is the same mixture as ocean water. Thanks for any help.
  25. Intact mushroom and mycophagous rove beetle in Burmese amber leak early evolution of mushrooms https://phys.org/news/2017-03-intact-mushroom-mycophagous-rove-beetle.html http://english.cas.cn/newsroom/research_news/201703/t20170314_174886.shtml http://www.heritagedaily.com/2017/03/intact-mushroom-and-mycophagous-rove-beetle-in-burmese-amber-leak-early-evolution-of-mushrooms/114360 Chenyang Cai, R. A. B. Leschen, D. S. Hibbett, Fangyuan Xia, Huang Diying, 2017: Mycophagous rove beetles highlight diverse mushrooms in the Cretaceous. Nature Communications DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14894 http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14894 Yours,