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  1. I may have worms..

    I found these worm like things in a piece of Indonesian amber. The thicker of the two is about 2 mm across & the thin one is just over 3 mm across (coiled length). These are the best pics I could get unfortunately. Both are barely viewable from the other side due to the dark patch. Pics are @ 75x The first 2 are with just the Dino Lite LEDs, the 3rd is that with an additional light source from below. I don't figure I'll get a positive ID, or even anything close, but I brought em to you anyway. The 3rd pic shows the thin one much better in my opinion. Thanks for taking a look.
  2. Burmite insect Identification

    Hi all Im looking for advice for resources for identifying Insect and plant inclusions in burmite, or similar aged amber. I am open to purchasing or using online resources. They originated in Hkamti and Tanai , Kachin, Burma.. Ive got about 25 pieces that Id love to work on, and my google-fu Has been been failing to turn up much, although I have some plans to do some more generic insect family studies. Ive got a usb microscope for taking close ups, and will eventually learn how to stack images for better quality. In case anyone's worrying the pieces passed the Electrostatic and saltwater tests. Please enjoy this picture of a neat little gastropod I found in one of the pieces Thank you all for your time.
  3. Fossil News Summer 19 issue is available

    The Summer 2019 issue of Fossil News features the paleoart of Jimi Catanzaro, an article about late-Cretaceous pterosaurs in Cuba, more on that ammonite in amber you've been hearing so much about, an exclusive excerpt from Enrico Bonino’s new book about fossil medusozoans and how primitive algal mats helped preserve them, and a whole lot more! tinyurl.com/fnsubscribe
  4. Hi everyone, A few months back I purchased a spider inclusion inside of burmite amber from between 90-105 million years old which is merely a few mm in size and thought it looked very similar to the C.Yingi spider discovered in early 2018, which is discovered in burmite amber from about 100 million years ago and is only 2.5-3mm in length. Now it is hard for me to get good photos of the spider itself because of its size but I have attached some that I do have to see what your opinions are. Many Thanks, Danny
  5. Hi there! I wanted to ask you for your opinion on this amber fossil. Does it seems genuine to you? Would you have any recommendations what to look out for? And how common the fake amber fossils actually are? I am quite new to this, I was an enthusiastic fossil hunter, usually searching in slate deposits, but I've recently came across these amber fossils and I was blown away by the level of detail that has been preserved in these. I am actually an ornithologist engaging mostly in educational/popularization field, doing all sorts of events for schools and pre-schoolers and I was thinking that having a specimen of preserved feather would be outstanding thing to share, because it's just marvelous how the feather structure is similar to the ones we know and yet it is milions of years old. So going back to my original question, I would like to get hold of a piece like that, but I really want to make sure that the piece is the real thing. Is there any proven way to tell? I've read in the rules that I shouldn't name anyone or post any links, so I won't do that. Thank you very much for any piece of advice!
  6. amber? new here!

    Hello everyone! new to the forum but have been collecting for over a decade. this is a peculiar find assuming i think it is what it is. feels very much like plastic too. but has the texture of amber.
  7. Arthropod ID in Baltic Amber

    This past month I was at Latvia and Lithuania for ten nights, investigating their amber industries. Among other specimens, I bought this large polished nodule of transparent Baltic amber, that was reputed to have a "tiny spider" inclusion. I found and photographed a very small arthropod—but since I cannot count body parts and legs, I cannot say it's a spider. The purchase took place in Riga, Latvia; though I was informed that a great deal of available amber comes from Kaliningrad in the former-USSR. Jamey D. Allen - Bead Historian
  8. Bird may have used long toe to pick out insects. https://m.phys.org/news/2019-07-bird-unusually-toes-fossilized-amber.html
  9. Amber? Copal? Any ideas?

    I inherited a friend's mineral collection. Lot's of interesting specimens of turquoise, petrified wood, crystals, etc. He lived in New Mexico and I know some of the pieces are from U.S. southwest area. That's about all I know. This one's a mystery, and he really didn't have any idea either where it came from. Has a strangely organic look to it though. Any insight or thoughts will be appreciated. Thanks!
  10. So I recently got this Baltic amber and I found out that there is a test that includes water and salt and if the amber sinks then it's fake but if it floats, it's real and mine sank but I'm not sure could you please examine it yourself? And also the spino tooth if you can. Thanks
  11. This is the same rock, that I found what looks to be a fossilized insect.
  12. I was thinking about buying this amber from this website online and I've heard about fake insects amber and i was wondering if this was one of the or not. The specimen is meant to be 5 million years old (Pliocene) measures 30 by 23 mm with unidentified insects and was found in Colombia
  13. Impression in amber

    Yes, you read that right. I have a piece of amber with an impression, not an inclusion. I got a small order of Indonesian amber in on Monday & 1 piece had an interesting impression. The size of the impression is 2.5 cm wide x 3 cm tall & curved in an almost 1/2 circle as you will see by the pics. I'm seeing what appears to be a leaf of some sort, veins & all. I've never heard of an impression in amber before, not saying they don't exist, just that I had never heard of one. Indonesian amber is Early Miocene @ 10 to 23 MYO if that helps any. Pics 1 & 2 show the impression, 3 & 4 show the curvature. This particular amber type tends to be called zebra or cloudy amber for obvious reasons. The white areas are who knows how many tiny air bubbles trapped in the resin. This is (obviously) one piece I'm not going to be doing anything with. It's staying as is. I'm now going to search for impressions in amber on the web (this should be fun)..
  14. Hello everyone, I have been getting very interested in collecting amber, mainly Baltic amber and am planning to expand the collection I already have, but I would like to know how I could protect/ preserve it as I feared that with time it will oxidize, craze or be damaged from other processes I may not know of. So does anyone know of what I could do to protect my amber? Any insight is appreciated, Thank you.
  15. Millipede in Amber from Burma

    Cool fossil micro CT'd to get detailed anatomy. https://amp.livescience.com/65389-ancient-millipede-in-amber.html
  16. Hello everyone. So I have a question about a piece of burmite amber in my collection that I am certain is authentic. It does not release a smell when heated...I've found that my darker colored specimens will release a stronger pine smell than the lighter colored ones, however. Why is this one not giving off any smell? I'm sure it's being heated to a temparure high enough to release the smell. It passed the saltwater test, distinguishes from copal with the acetone test, and has cracks and chips characteristic of amber. It has a rather large inclusion of half of some species of grasshopper. I've included pictures of it. Thank you for your help!
  17. This was in a collection of decorative eggs from my grandfather. What do you guys think of it, is it genuine?
  18. Clown beetles are adapted to live in ant colonies. This fossil in amber places this evolutionary trick back in the Cretaceous. This also implies "host switching" by highly adapted parasitic creatures since the probable host ant species no longer exist. https://m.phys.org/news/2019-04-beetles-successfully-freeloaded-million-years.html
  19. fossil amber

    From the album My Fossils

    fossil amber with encrustation of several insects and a grasshopper
  20. Hello all. So I recently obtained a new specimen in burmite amber from Mayanmar that I think is particularly interesting. It appears to be some species of early bee. This amber is thought to be from the Cretaceous period which is when bees evolved (in the later half) alongside flowering plants. I found an interesting article that describes one of the earliest bees Melittosphex burmensis. This insect had characteristics of both wasps and bees, and was covered in branched hairs, which is a key characteristic of pollen spreading bees. I researched this species and found that my specimen didn't look quite like the one described, but I believe may be a different species that evolved during that time. I have attached photos of my specimen as well as the article referenced and one other resource. The first photo is the dorsal view. The second photo shows hairs on the legs of the insect. Let me know what you guys think! link to article: https://today.oregonstate.edu/archives/2006/oct/research-discovers-oldest-bee-key-evolution-flowering-plants https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259887593_Morphology_Classification_and_Antiquity_of_Melittosphex_burmensis_Apoidea_Melittosphecidae_and_Implications_for_Early_Bee_Evolution
  21. 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. Under a desk lamp: Backlit by my laptop screen: Detailed closeups next!
  22. Hi there folks, I'm with some doubts regarding amber again. I've recently bought a set of burmese amber from a seller from China on that auction web site. I feel I paid very little for the set with 20 pieces and random inclusions (really random, there are about five of them that are really bad, but also one piece really good). Can you guys tell me what's an accetable price for a set like that? (I don't know if this kind of thread is allowed here, if not. Please, let me know and I'll delete it) If anyone could PM me I'd like some info on the seller. I'm attaching some pictures of the kind of pieces I got, so you can have an idea if it's real or not. Thanks in advance, Juliano
  23. Hi, I'm new to this site so apologies if i'm doing anything wrong, but i'm interested in purchasing amber with inclusions from the internet, I understand UKGE is a reputable UK online seller and this led me to online. I then found several other amber pieces with beautiful inclusions and I just wondered if anyone could help to point me in the direction of some good sellers. Many thanks
  24. Burmese amber inclusion ID, not insect

    I am hoping for some informed opinions on this little tuft of fiber in a piece of Cretaceous aged amber from Myanmar. I also included a photo of a tiny beetle in the same piece.
  25. Insects in amber ID references?

    Hi, Is anyone aware of a good reference site (or book) on insects found in amber? I’m looking for references on all ages and all localities. thanks!