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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Wow!
  4. 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.
  5. From the album Naughtistic fossils and rocks

    Just a chunk of amber pulled out of the river. It has a rock imbedded in it
  6. Researchers identify evidence of oldest orchid fossil on record Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, May 3, 2017 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 Yours, Paul H.
  7. mushex Fossil mushrooms are rare.... Documentationwise: 10 out of 10
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. nicely preserved hexapods! periszoj12149.pdf
  11. Could anyone recommend a reputable supplier of Cretaceous amber? thanks!
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Hi Whats is termite it?
  15. 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.
  16. Intact mushroom and mycophagous rove beetle in Burmese amber leak early evolution of mushrooms 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 Yours,
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. I promised someone some literature on Amber. A bit of an experiment for me,because i'm searching now ,at this very moment ,and not proceeding from what i have on my Pc. conserve NB:i don't know what's in Fruitbat's Lib,haven't checked(yet).Everybody should check out that awesome resource
  20. Hi all, I picked up this piece of amber because of the interesting coprolite (caterpillar, I think). Anyway, it also has an interesting flying insect with a white substance surrounding it. The wings also look like they have some sort of protrusions along the edges as well. At first I thought it was some sort of spider silk, but I can't see any fibers. The only other thing I could think of was some sort of parasitic fungus. It was really hard to get a good photo of it. Are there any amber experts out there that have come across something like this?
  21. Lets talk about amber! I would love to pick the brains of experienced collectors. I have done a lot of internet searches and read topics here on this forum, but I would love to know more. Right now I only have one piece (might be copal), that was a gift from someone who went to the big rock show in Arizona. I would love to go to that show myself someday! I have always been fascinated by the little worlds that are in the depths of amber. I would like to buy some more amber for my new collection but I feel the topic is so complicated. The prices range so much for what to the naked eye appears a very similar piece. Best advice on buying amber online? Is it, in your opinion, worth buying rough amber and polishing it yourself? It seems like an interesting treasure hunt! Any thoughts on this inexpensive amber coming out of Indonesia? Any good? Would you ever buy amber where the location it came from is unknown or unrevealed? Does anyone buy in bulk, sight unseen? Advice on storing and safely displaying? Anyone ever coat their amber with anything (wax, polish, etc) to help protect it from changes in temperature and humidity or damage from light? Any help or advice is greatly appreciated! If anyone has photos of their favorite specimens, or specimens you discovered yourself from a rough piece of amber, I would love to see them.
  22. '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 Ancient, scary and alien-looking specimen forms a rarity in the insect world – a new order. Oregon State University–-new-order 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 Yours, Paul H.
  23. This specimen came from the Baltic Sea of Russia. There are two male non biting midges present in the specimen. Their from the Eocene about 44 million years ago. Photo taken with microscope at 40x magnification.
  24. I am looking for fossil amber (no copal at this time, unless it's something really unusual). Locality is not important. I have a ton of Pleistocene, Pliocene, and Miocene fossils from Florida - most of them are from the Peace River locality (Bone Valley formation, Hawthorn Group). If you have some surplus amber to swap, let me know and maybe we can work something out. Reply here or message me to inquire.
  25. "The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar. The stunning discovery helps put flesh on the bones of these extinct creatures, opening a new window on the biology of a group that dominated Earth for more than 160 million years. Examination of the specimen suggests the tail was chestnut brown on top and white on its underside."