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  1. This unusual planthopper nymph is 6 mm long, is an inclusion in Late Cretaceous burmite amber, and belongs to the extinct family Neazoniidae. One of the characteristic features of Neazoniidae is a rostrum (piercing mouthpart) that is longer than its body. Specimens of this family were first described in 2007 by Jacek Szwedo in Lower Cretaceous Lebanese amber, followed by a 2009 paper on additional specimens in French Cretaceous amber. First photo of the insect in my collection is a ventral view of the triangular head -- with globe-like eyes and filament-like antennae -- and the thorax. The rostrum runs from the base of the head down the midline thorax. Second photo is a ventral view of the abdomen, with the rostrum extending beyond the body. Third photo is a side view, showing a remarkably flat body and a patch of plant debris stuck to a hind leg. Final photo is a dorsal shot of the head and thorax All these photos include views of hardened plates along the body known as sclerites or tergites. More information on Cretaceous Neazoniidae in Lebanese and French amber can be found through a google search.
  2. Bug molt or leaf?

    Found this in some Indonesian amber (Early Miocene age). Not sure if its a bug molt, dead bug before the resin landed on it, or a leaf. Tiny little thing, measuring 3 mm long x 1.5 mm wide. 1 pic at 55 x showing main item & what looks like a leg, 2nd pic at 100 x showing main item itself. I couldn't get better pics unfortunately as I'm working the amber by hand, so the other end is thick. The entire piece is only 4 mm x 5 mm x 5 mm x 5 mm x 12 mm in size (rectangular & kinda hard to hold). Any ideas?
  3. This is a species not described in any literature regarding the burmese Amber. I intend to publish a scholarly article describing it if my suspicions are correct.
  4. Link to news article- 'Historic haul of Australian amber fossils includes ants, spiders and fornicating flies' https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2020-04-03/mating-flies-found-in-40-myo-amber-from-australia/12114292 Link to open access scientific article about it - 'Amber from the Triassic to Paleogene of Australia and New Zealand as exceptional preservation of poorly known terrestrial ecosystems'. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-62252-z
  5. Gondwana Amber, Mating Flies

    Amazing Amber fossils from Gondwana! https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/gondwana-in-amber
  6. Six Amazing Dinosaur Fossils

    None of these finds is new, but it is a good excuse to relive six amazing dinosaur finds: https://newatlas.com/science/incredible-dinosaur-fossils/
  7. Amber vein in Pseudomorph after pet. wood?

    I inherited this specimen among others when my grandmother passed away. I believe it is agate chalcedony pseudomorph after wood because there is what appears to be a vein of Amber in and spilling down the exterior. I have all kinds of photos, but am having issues uploading most due to size.
  8. Spanish Amber as the Ideal Glass

    Ideal Glass Would Explain Why Glass Exists at All By Natalie Wolchover, March 11, 2020 https://www.quantamagazine.org/ideal-glass-would-explain-why-glass-exists-at-all-20200311/ https://www.quantamagazine.org/print The Spanish amber deposits are discussed in: Delclos, X., Arillo, A., Penalver, E., Barrón, E., Soriano, C., Del Valle, R.L., Bernárdez, E., Corral, C. and Ortuno, V.M., 2007. Fossiliferous amber deposits from the Cretaceous (Albian) of Spain. Comptes Rendus Palevol, 6(1-2), pp.135-149. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233864686_Fossilferous_amber_deposits_from_the_Cretaceous_Albian_of_Spain https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Xavier_Delclos/2 http://www.igme.es/amberia/publi.htm Amberia IGME http://www.igme.es/amberia/English/default.htm Mesozoic and Cenozoic Spanish insect localities. Post-Congress FossilsX3 (2007) Field Trip. Field Trip Guide Book https://www.researchgate.net/publication/286882398_Mesozoic_and_Cenozoic_Spanish_insect_localities_Post-Congress_FossilsX3_2007_Field_Trip_Field_Trip_Guide_Book https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Xavier_Delclos/2 Yours, Paul H.
  9. Hello, this is my first time at attempting to trade fossils. In this trade I have a variety of fossils that I am willing to trade for other fossils (This is all offered together). I am specifically looking for amber inclusions, Mesozoic vertebrate material, dinosaur fossils, and small theropod teeth from any location. 1- Large Clam Shell from the Jurassic of Madagascar 2- Enchodus sp. fang from the late Cretaceous of North Texas 3- C. Hastalis (Mako) Shark Tooth from bone valley of northern Florida (1.6 inches long) 4- 2 Burmese amber specimens from the Mid Cretaceous (99 million years old) of Northern Myanmar 5- A dark reddish Cretaceous Burmese amber specimen with a beetle 6- A Clear Cretaceous Burmese amber specimen with a Parasitoid wasp (Scelionidae Indet.) 1.
  10. Lizards in Amber

    Bugs are cool, but lizards are cooler. Apologies to any resident entomologists. Here are some new vertebrates in my amber collection: - Chiapas amber from Mexico: 4cm lizard hips & tail on top of a nearly complete leaf (17-25myo) - Burmite amber: fat lizard tail (99myo) – is this a gecko? As a kid I had house geckos as pets and their tails were pretty similar. Maybe one day I'll be able to afford the whole lizard.
  11. Tiny bird-like dinosaur

    Article on unusual tiny dino in amber. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/03/smallest-ever-fossil-dinosaur-found-trapped-in-amber/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=Science_20200311&;rid=68DAEDD7EC7A307D1290E5C3629C1CCF
  12. Two new species of cockroaches preserved in amber have been found in a mine located in Hukawng Valley, Myanmar. The new species are named Mulleriblattina bowangi and Crenocticola svadba and placed in the Nocticolidae family. The mine where the new cockroach species were found is dated to about 99mya and represent the first and only creatures to be discovered living in caves before the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event. https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/dinosaur-age-cockroaches-are-the-earliest-known-cave-dwellers The paper describing the new findings is found here (Sendi et al., 2020) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1342937X20300496?via%3Dihub
  13. Hello! Long story short, my fossil collection perished in a house fire when I was a kid. I realized a few years ago that I was a Real Adult™ who didn't have to ask for parental permission to buy stuff and could rebuild what I'd lost, so after acquiring my first piece of amber – a big fat spider in Dominican Amber – I was hooked. Researching and buying fossils has been so fun and informative; I've been burned a few times with fakes, I've celebrated rarities, and I love having a little museum in my apartment. This past weekend I did the Museum of Natural History Sleepover in NYC and had a blast talking to an expert in the dinosaur wing, something I couldn't have done without this forum and a total crush on fossil trading, learning along the way. My current stash is focused mainly on claws, teeth, bones, plates, and anything encased in amber. Here's my main collection, with detailed photos and labeled descriptions to follow. Also, if anyone has further identification, feel free to chime in. You're the experts. Detailed pics and labels to come.
  14. Fossilized insect from 100 million years ago is oldest record of primitive bee with pollen, Oregon State University, February 12, 2020 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200212164643.htm Fossilized insect from 100 million years ago is oldest record of primitive bee with pollen, Oregon State University https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/fossilized-insect-100-million-years-ago-oldest-record-primitive-bee-pollen The paper is: Poinar Jr, G., 2020. Discoscapidae fam. nov. (Hymenoptera: Apoidea), a new family of stem lineage bees with associated beetle triungulins in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Palaeodiversity, 12(1), pp.1-9. https://bioone.org/journals/Palaeodiversity/volume-12/issue-1/pale.v13.a1/Discoscapidae-fam-nov-Hymenoptera--Apoidea-a-new-family-of/10.18476/pale.v13.a1.full At related open access paper is: Genise, J.F., Bellosi, E.S., Sarzetti, L.C., Krause, J.M., Dinghi, P.A., Sánchez, M.V., Umazano, A.M., Puerta, P., Cantil, L.F. and Jicha, B.R., 2020. 100 Ma sweat bee nests: Early and rapid co-diversification of crown bees and flowering plants. PloS one, 15(1), p.e0227789. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0227789 Yours, Paul H.
  15. Amber bearing petrified wood

    Is this amber on this piece of petrified wood?
  16. Baltic Amber insects!

    I purchased this piece of amber form Poland a few weeks ago and I was wondering if anyone could help with identifying the insects? I’m not overly familiar with fossils of this age. Thanks! Note: the close up photos are taken using a hand lens.
  17. Calling Bug People!

    I bought this bit of Madagascar copal a year ago, then finally got a decent microscope to see the bugs this week. They are less than a mm each. Now I'm stumped. I am a certified *modern* naturalist. I know something about insects. This one fits all the defining characteristics of an adult insect - probably Coleoptera - except that I only see four legs and may or may not have had antennae at some point. The heads are not very clear at any angle. On the bottom view, there are nubs at the end of the abdomen that *could* be legs, but that is the wrong place for insect legs. On the side views, it looks like there might be legs folded backward, as is common with some beetles, but the underside view also does not show any attachment points where there might have been legs that broke off. Any paleo-entomologists out there to point out what I am clearly missing in these pictures?
  18. Greetings kind people, I am a complete novice in the field of fossil collecting. Kindly bear with me. My objective for collecting fossils: I want to learn paleontology work. I want to observe the fossils under a microscope, understand their body structure, their food habits.... Basically get a *whole story of the fossil* which I own, something that paleontologists do (I also want to explore all the methods that paleontologists use to study fossil and recreate them at home). So any fossil that will enable me to learn more about itself, I'd surely buy that. And also fossils which are more closer to actuality, rather than rare or good looking fossils. So any fossil that reveals more information is favoured over rare or good-looking fossils So here are my questions: 1) I'm trying to buy a spinosaur tooth. The seller is selling one spinosaur tooth which is red in colour for a higher price compared to a spinosaur tooth which looks almost like a rock. So is the red colour tooth more authentic or more valuable etc? Or is it just the same? My objective is to study those fossils under microscope. So if the red spinosaur tooth will provide more information, I'd buy that. 2) I see some dinosaur tooth still having some enamel. How is this possible? I mean shouldn't enamel be replaced by minerals too? Or is the enamel the only thing that is intact? If it is intact does it mean I'm holding a tooth which might have bit another dinosaur moments before it died and I can see the traces of that activity when I observe under the microscope? 3) I've seen polished ammonites which were split open. They carried a lot of information within, compared to unpolished ammonite. Which among those two types would reveal more information about the ammonite itself? Or which one should I go for, in general? 4)I am also planning to buy amber fossils. Some pointers and what to look for and what to keep away from would be appreciated. 5) Lastly, trilobites. How are trilobite fossils so well preserved? I've seen reedops protruding out of the rock like it's actually alive. But I read something about cast fossils and enhancements. So if I buy a reedops trilobite, does it mean it's been remade using plaster etc, or is it just as it is? Please bear in mind that I want to own fossils which closely resembles actuality Thank you so much for bearing with my silly doubts .I just want to educate myself and be an amateur paleontologist, studying fossils from home. Have a lovely day! P.s- I can upload some pictures and website links if need be.
  19. Hey all, I was just wondering if there has ever been a study comparing fossils of the organisms trapped in amber to similarly located/aged "conventional" rock fossils. It would certainly be interesting to see how the organisms compare between the two forms of preservation- one as a flattened impression and the other looking like it was just alive yesterday.
  20. I wanted to share this exquisite ichneumon wasp in Burmese amber. It’s hard to believe that this wasp was alive 100 million years ago. I’ve also included a picture of a modern one I photographed in my backyard this past summer.
  21. hexapoda/mantoidae/Oise /Pseudomantoida

    New Paleogene mantises from the Oise amberand their evolutionary importance THOMAS SCHUBNEL and ANDRE NEL Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 64 (4): 779–786. schuNELinsemantilagersthexapoapp006282019.pdf @Coco @fifbrindacier
  22. Dear Friends, I decided to share more from my passion, good finds or interesting things if we talk about Baltic Amber with inclusions. This is still fascinating for me and there is always chance for something extra or new for science. This time it is something that i found first time ever and i don't have it in any book about amber inclusions. Its a Extremely Rare, Aquatic Nymph Of Veliidae - SMALLER WATER STRIDER. Why so rare ? Well in general aquatic organism's are always very rare becouse they was in water or near water so its very simple. Its easy to imagine that it would be hard to trap insects (by resin) under water. What is interesting, there is also in that amber a huge rove beetle ( Coleoptera: Staphylinidae ), spider and botanical mess. So that is fascinating how aquatic nymph was trapped together with not water "insects". This buddy got only 1mm so i am happy that i didn't miss him. I will add photos of syninclusions in comments. Enjoy! Artur
  23. Dear Friends, This time i'd like to show "scene" from Baltic Amber. Diptera In Coupla - Mating Flies - Copulating Flies. Very good quality for scene like this. Collectors love inclusions like this. Sometimes i got flies in "mating position" but they are not "connected" on 100%. Very clear amber also with ant inside and other flies but i cant upload more mb Enjoy ! Cheers From Europe Artur
  24. What are the odds? A chunk of amber with an aphid fossil pressed against a Dinosaur jawbone from Alberta. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/11/remarkable-fossil-features-insect-trapped-amber-stuck-dinosaur-jaw
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