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Found 312 results

  1. Amber?

    Hey everyone, I found this piece when searching for fossils in the White River Formation. I found it at a site that produces a lot of petrified wood. I didn't think it was anything when I first picked it up, but am now thinking it looks like amber. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance!
  2. Malvern Clay

    Hello Fellow Arkansans Have any of you folks ever gone to the amber field near Malvern? My grandson wants to go dig around, and once he is out of quarantine from his minimal exposure to COVID, I want to take him. I found amber there many many years ago with one piece having what looked like plant material and the other having an insect head. But I haven’t been back. I do have amber beads my great uncle bought when he was in the war and while they are beautiful, I am sentimentally attached. And, my grandson wants to find his own. Any information will be most appreciated.
  3. Amber

    From the album Aguja Formation

    Amber is plentiful in the matrix, appearing as blood-red to orange resinous blobs.
  4. Fossil Flower in Burmese Amber

    99 million year old flower found encased in amber. http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/valviloculus-pleristaminis-09184.html
  5. I have 1kg of rough Burmese amber stones ready to polish but I'm a little stumped as to where to start. I've polished Dominican pieces before using a dremel and wet sandpaper with success, but this stuff is older and much harder. In addition to the thin rough skin on these pieces, a lot have rock (or some combination of amber/earth) running through them making it difficult to figure out the plan of attack in regard to finding inclusions and getting a nice shine. Anyone here have experience with this?
  6. Amber or not?

    I have been finding a lot of these recently. They are waxy to the touch and come in a variety of pale white to orange tinted. Are these pieces of amber or are they some other kind of mineral? Thanks!
  7. Specimen Repair?

    I was wondering if someone could advise me on whether or not I should repair this piece of Chiapas amber I recently acquired (it's a clean break with only a few small slivers missing; the specimen is exceptionally clear, and has no internal fractures); it was damaged during shipping, and I've been debating whether or not to repair it. What effect might a repair have on it's value, and would it be more acceptable to keep it as two separate pieces? I know the repair of fossil specimens is a generally acceptable practice, but I'm uncertain if this applies to amber (I'm guessing not, as amber considered more of a gem material). I occasionally repair amber damaged during the cleaning and lapidary process using epoxy resin, but I was reluctant to do this to such a decently-sized and costly specimen of Chiapas material without having sought further advice. Thank you!
  8. Good afternoon, I'm a new member here, and I was hoping to get some advice on what I should use for a macro setup on a budget. I'm a huge enthusiast of fossil amber, however I have no decent way of photographing inclusions; I have tons of specimens (many with fauna & flora inclusions) from all over the world, including New Jersey and Wyoming, and am eager to share images of them. I'm on a tight budget, and anything over $750 USD is right out; I have tried a few digital microscopes in the past, (most recently, the Hayear HY-1080 34MP), but none seem to give me suitable resolution and image quality. I have thought of trying the Olympus Tough TG-6, but I am reluctant to invest in anything more that could prove unreliable for this specific application. Please, is there anyone that photographs amber inclusions that can recommend a reliable setup that isn't too expensive? I only have a Mac OS, so most USB microscopes are out of the question; hopefully there's something simple that saves images to a microSD card. Thank you so much!! -Kaegen
  9. "This discovery adds a super-cool piece to the puzzle of this obscure group of weird little animals," said study co-author Edward Stanley, director of the Florida Museum of Natural History's Digital Discovery and Dissemination Laboratory. "Knowing they had this ballistic tongue gives us a whole new understanding of this entire lineage." https://phys.org/news/2020-11-earliest-rapid-fire-tongue-weird-extinct.html
  10. Hiya everyone thinking of getting this small piece of amber says there’s a fly in it just wanting to know if it’s real there’s no information on age or that but the seller has sold me a real fossil so a little help would be great thanks
  11. Is it possible to find baltic amber in gothenburg or close?
  12. Amber mystery inclusion

    Hey! I blindly bought a bunch of rough Dominican amber and found this thing dead center in a large piece. The main blob has bubbles in it so I thought it might just be a pocket full of air, but after looking at the microscope and seeing appendages I'm not so sure. Is this just a fluke or actually something? These are the best photos I could take – any ideas?
  13. Leaf in Amber

    Many things get stuck in sap and then turn into amber including leaves. If one were to sand it down, break it, cut it, etc and get the leaf out would it feel like a normal leaf or just crumble because it is 10s of millions of years old? I don't have a leaf in amber and I'm not planning on doing this just curious. And if there was a seed could it be planted and sprout a tree?
  14. I was encouraged to share this in the forum so here it goes. I was given a pile of "amber" and two pieces that may or may not (most likely not) have something inside. After the "amber" failed the saltwater float test it was proposed that I may have copal, NOT amber. I tried my best to take as clear of pictures as my camera phone would allow. The first piece supposedly it has a "bug or stick or something" inside. The copal, if it really is copal, does not appear very clear, even with a light source behind it. The second piece is a little more transparent when the light shines through with the exception of the mysterious dark object lurking on the middle. (queue the spooky music!) Personally I think that both of these may just be dirt that accumulated in a crack when the copal was forming a long ago but this has apparently been a topic of hot debate. So if ya'll got any opinions on the matter, I'd love to hear them...or if you don't want to share your opinions, just tell me that I've discovered some weird new sub-species of dinosaur and I'll be happy with that. lol
  15. Could this be amber?

    I found this on Charmouth beach (west) UK, last week on the shoreline. It weighs 57 grams. It has a dark appearance but glows orange when backlit by bright light. Any identification ideas would be appreciated Thanks!
  16. Anyone good with amber?

    I got this amber when I was a small kid. It used to have a tag with its source listed, but it's been lost for 12+ years, and I can't for the life of me remember what it said. Looking at it, does anyone know whether it's more likely to be Dominican, or Baltic? It is yellow, but has a slight gold tint, and is slightly translucent. There's a couple of small buggos in it.
  17. Insect form burmite amber

    Hello does anyone know what insect could this be? Its form burmite amber
  18. Seems the questions raised around that exciting news of an avian dinosaur preserved in Burmese amber were right after all. The original paper has been retracted by its authors, after the discovery of another fossil closely resembling the previously discovered skull portion of Oculudentavis was classified as a species of lizard, rather than an avian dinosaur. Disappointing for dinosaur fans, but it doesn't change the fact that any Late Cretaceous vertebrate preserved in this way is still an exceptional find. Read more: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2553-9
  19. Hello my friends ! I just wanted do share pics of superb. male Jumping Spider ( Salticidae ) that i had. It is not often to see so amazing, colorful and well preserved eyes of jumpers so a little showing off I will upload more photos in comments. Cheers from Poland !
  20. Petrified wood ID help!!! Possible Amber?

    Does this piece of petrified wood contain amber? 20200728_003406.heic 20200728_003610.heic
  21. Fossil ID -Petrified wood with resin?

    I found this piece at lake Somerville in Somerville,Texas. Trying to ID the red looking maybe resin on it.
  22. Cranefly or mosquito? from Baltic amber

    Hello would this be a cranefly or mosquito? its from Baltic amber
  23. What is this insect in Burmese amber?

    What is this insect in Burmese amber?
  24. Green Amber?

    I discovered a dark green crystal near a construction site in a neighborhood of Alabaster, Alabama which sits in the southern tip of the Pottsville formation of the Pennsylvanian epoch. At first glance I noticed circular air bubble inclusions and assumed it was just glass. But, upon further inspection with a secondary light source, it appears there’s small material that resembles pollen in other inclusions. There’s striations visible that almost make it look like a green jolly rancher under light. It does not really feel like glass in your hand when held and has a greasy appearance. Anyone familiar with green amber??
  25. Sea shell in Burmese amber

    very little ( 1-2 mm in diameter) sea shells found in Burmese amber (presumably Cretacious period). What could it be?
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