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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Amber bearing petrified wood

    Is this amber on this piece of petrified wood?
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Springtails are tiny insects that may have hitched a ride on flying insects to disperse as suggested by a miocene amber fossil. https://m.phys.org/news/2019-11-million-year-old-fossil-springtails-hitchhiking-winged.html
  14. Hello! I see this big probably mosquito (0,5mm) in Cretaceous amber. What do you think? It seems real mosquito? I read that is unusual to find mosquitos in amber. Thank you so much.
  15. Dear Friends, I'd like to show ( i am not sure if its good forum-topic ) a scientific article about my find. Amazing Geometrid caterpillar from Baltic Amber. Now it's published on pretty serious place. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-53734-w Enjoy ! <3 Artur Michalski
  16. New Caterpillar in Baltic amber

    While we're having the most serious debate about a Pterosaur in amber in another TFF section I like to share this perfectly preserved Caterpillar newly descriped as Eogeometer vadens by scientists from Munich Especially the details are superb! Paper in english with no paywall: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-53734-w#Fig1
  17. Awhile ago there was the craze about having an alleged partial dinosaur tail preserved in amber, then there was the ammonite and crinoids preserved in amber, but recently I have been seeing reports about a complete pteranodon that was found preserved in amber and that was set to be auctioned off. Over the past few months I have not seen any more reports about it and was wondering if anyone knew if it was a hoax (I imagine it was), or if someone out there really does now own this one-of-a-kind specimen?
  18. Burmite amber with dinosaur feathers?

    Hello! I see this 3 amber Burmese pieces with feathers. The seller told my that the feathers are from dinosaur. I am looking for amber information but is difficult to find a good resource. What do you think? Amber 1
  19. To polish, or not to polish?

    I just got this neat piece of Burmese amber in the mail. Rough piece with a sea lily star in the attached rock. It is a very large piece (66 grams), and looks neat rough as is. But I can't help wondering what it would look like with the amber portion polished, especially if there are any insects inside. Any thoughts on whether to polish it or leave it as is?
  20. They are similar to a tardigrade but may represent a different and new phylum of invertebrate. Found in Dominican Amber. https://m.phys.org/news/2019-10-mold-pigs-group-invertebrates-million.html
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    From the album 1925 Body & Trace Fossil Collection - Vegitation

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    From the album 1925 Body & Trace Fossil Collection - Vegitation

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    From the album 1925 Body & Trace Fossil Collection - Vegitation

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    From the album 1925 Body & Trace Fossil Collection - Vegitation

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    From the album 1925 Body & Trace Fossil Collection - Vegitation

    Using my phone for pics? hope these look a bit better?
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