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  1. 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
  2. Spider in amber ID

    This is probably a long shot, but can anyone possibly provide any information about this spider? It's in a piece of Baltic amber. The amber has been polished in a domed shape, so it's hard to get a decent photo, this is probably about as good as it gets.
  3. Amber insect photographs

    I've recently set-up a little studio in my dining room to make the photography of amber inclusions a little easier. These are the first results. I was going to wait a while and build up a few more to post at the same time, but I've had a crappy day and I'm keen to do anything to distract myself from it. These pictures are both panoramic, each made up of about seven images, I think. Each of those seven images is a stack of photos taken at different distances from the amber at 5x magnification on a full-frame camera. Each stack contains around 100 photos, so we're talking around 700 photos total per image. All of the amber is Baltic. The first piece of amber captures quite a poignant moment from 44 million years ago. Close-up of same image: Close-up of the head, from a different photo (taken at 10x magnification). This isn't such a great photo, but it does show some great details. And the second piece of amber is this fly. I can't remember what type of fly it is, but it's very big. And a close-up.
  4. Dear Friends, This time i'd like to show wonderful Snipe Fly, Blood Sucking Fly ( Rhagionidae ) from Eocene age. So perfect after that 40-54 million years. Closeup macro shot i made from 30 stacking photos. I hope in future i can get equipment for making 200-500 shots for focus stacking This fly is not super rare in Baltic amber but in that condition it is ( for that family ). Enjoy Artur
  5. Hi there! A few months ago I received a piece of Baltic amber with an insect inclusion. When I brought it in to school to show my students, it fell and got a little "dent" in it. The dent is nowhere near the insect inclusion, but I was wondering if there were any easy way for someone like me to safely buff that spot so the entire piece can look pristine again - what do you think? Thanks in advance for your advice! Monica
  6. Dear Friends, This time i'd like to show nice Caddis Fly ( Trichoptera ) with amazing colorful eyes. This colour is not seen by eye in normal day light - only gymnasty with illuminator lights under binocular can show it. Its called "structural colour". Definition is here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structural_coloration Its definitely not common in Baltic ambers. Usually Caddis Flies got colorful eyes ( Blue, Green, Lilac ), sometimes Brachycera Flies and i had few times partially colorful spiders. Its nice that we can see colours after 40 million years Enjoy, Artur
  7. Dear friends, i hope i am not boring with my amber passion Its real obsession for me This time i'd like to show wonderful, i can say - almost perfect Pseudoscorpion ( False Scorpion ). People thinks often that is extremely rare but its not. I had i think about 30 pieces in career. Often they are very small, even only 1mm. This one had 2mm in max with body and pedipalps. What is interesting - do you see that drop inside ambdomen ? It was Enhydros "running water" but there is huge discussion in amber inclusion market what exactly it is. One side ( with me ) think that is running drop of water inside air sap. Second side think that is moving air bubble. Please check my movie from yt - i showed other amber with very nice Enhydros. I am sorry for the music - if someone got soft ears, turn off sound. For me logical is drop of water. What do you think about it ? If we talk about picture colours - i was playing with lights. Best one in friends opinion ? Cheers from Poland. Artur
  8. Hello Friends, This time i'd like to show something that is very rare for me. Never before i didnt saw that bug in baltic amber. I didnt found yet any material about inclusions of Lygaeoidea. Body 3mm. Enjoy
  9. Hello together, i found this Baltic Amber with a Gecko and i am not sure with the authenticity. The description from the seller is very short: 322 gram. 8x12cm. 4cm thick. Genuine piece not plastic or resin but genuine Baltic Amber. With a gecko inside. For me the amber on the untreated side looks real. What worries me is the gecko and the big size of the amber. The gecko is almost perfect in the middle and is also perfect preserve. I hope you can hlp me? kind Regards, Michael
  10. Stuff of Nightmares

    So a little while back I had the fun of coming into a bunch of Baltic amber with inclusions. I pretty much just looked at the bag of pieces and said, "Wow, that's pretty neat!" Then I promptly set them down on one of my display cases ...and proceeded to forget almost entirely about their existence. Tonight my son and I decided to bust out our cheap-o USB microscope to see just what kind of inclusions we had. The photo quality is abysmal to say the least, but one series of photos we took contains what I am entirely convinced is not only the stuff of nightmares, but also must be nothing other than the larval form of Cthulhu. I am posting this in the ID section not because I expect someone to be able to ID it, but rather in the off chance that someone might just happen to know what it is. ID or not, I will go to sleep at night knowing that this critter is locked safely away in amber, and is thus not capable of feasting on my fluids while I slumber.
  11. Fossil in amber baltic

    Hi everyone, what animal is it? It looks like a gecko, 2mm long. this is the best picture
  12. Green Leaf, Red Pollen in Amber?

    Hi Its Jimmy Can anyone tell me is it possible for red pollen and green leaves to be preserved in amber? Here are the pics I took today. Any comments are much appreciated. I guess I am wondering if it still has color perhaps it still could have DNA? Jimmy
  13. Hello Dear Friends, I just want to show how small treasures in super small Baltic ambers we can find. Polyxenidae, 3.5mm in very good condition. Ultra small amber but specimen inside is perfect ! Amber size is crazy small 6mm / 6mm / 4mm. I have huge problem with uploading pictures. Any idea why ? Happy new year to all ! Artur
  14. Electribius

    It weighs 0.2 grams. Measurement are of the stone. The lenght of insect is 1.2 mm.
  15. Dear friends, This time i'd like to show something big, as for Baltic amber - If inclusion got 22mm - its a monster ! And especially plant in this condition is very very rare becouse plants often died on resin surface and also they are often totally oxidised becouse of being close to surface or partially in amber and partially on surface. Extinct Glyptostrobus europaeus 22mm is a museum quality example, i was confirm ID with great specialist, author of books about Baltic Ambers - Carsten Grohn. He said to me - .. What a shame Personally i love botanical inclusions, they are much more rare as i said but also showing how was looks like "amber forest" more than 40 millions years ago. Sadly i cant upload more pictures in this way but i dont want cut them and upload to galery becouse quality gonna be bad. Have a nice watching Artur PS - I am sorry for my sad english.
  16. Dear Friends, This time i'd like to show something very rare ( for Baltic Amber ) Neuroptera ( Dustywing ) Coniopterygidae Archiconiocompsa prisca (Enderlein) ID found with help of scientists from Germany Size of the body - 2.5mm, max - 5 mm First Dustywing in my career, they are very very rare, especially in condition like this buddy from the pictures. Enjoy ! Artur
  17. Dear Friends, This time i'd like to show amazing Thuja Cone Inclusion from Baltic Amber. Cupressaceae Family Amazing Preservation after more than 40 million years. Amber weight - 2.8 gram Amber size - 3.3 cm / 3 cm / 0.5 cm Inclusion ~ 0.35 cm More soon Cheers, Artur
  18. Researchers identify evidence of oldest orchid fossil on record Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, May 3, 2017 http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2017/may/researchers-identify-evidence-oldest-orchid-fossil-record https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170504093216.htm 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 https://academic.oup.com/botlinnean/article-abstract/183/3/327/3092413/Orchids-from-the-past-with-a-new-species-in-Baltic Yours, Paul H.
  19. 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
  20. Non Biting Midge

    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.
  21. Best inclusion in amber

    This is male mosquito from baltic amber 40-50 million years. This picture was took from a microscope at 40x magnification. Can you guys help me know more about it's Taxonomy.
  22. beach walk neo-ichnology

    A short and enjoyable review of recent tracks and traces from the coastal/tidal domain. baltichnolrecent.pdf
  23. I have been doing some recent work with Columbian Amber/Copal and thought I would throw this out for a general discussion. It is fun, if nothing else Most of my life I have believed that there is no difference between Copal and Amber. I know chemically there is no difference between the two. Amber/Copal from the same plant from different time periods, even millions of years apart are identical. Fossil resin's molecular make-up is mostly carbon and hydrogen atoms that form hexagonal rings. Molecular bonding between the rings increases over time (called polymerization, as in modern epoxy resins), and the tacky resin becomes hard. For all practical purposes, the hardened resin is a "plastic". Exactly when the resin becomes amber/copal, or a fossil, is not definable by any scientific criteria. I would like to see if others have the same thoughts. I am also attaching a picture of the best piece in my collection. "Best" meaning my favorite. This is one of my favorite articles. The following is by Dr. Robert E. Woodruff Emeritus Taxonomist, Florida State Collection of Arthropods Resins are produced by many trees and other plants; Frankincense of the Bible is one of these. Peach and Cherry trees produce resins that children often use as chewing gum. No botanist or paleontologist knows when resins were first produced, but we know it was probably more than 100 million years ago. They are produced to heal wounds, just as our blood coagulates to seal injuries. There is no doubt that these resins have been produced continuously since they first occured. Because they are affected little by the elements, resins are similar to their original form. Only a few volatile oils are eliminated by time and burial (e.g., in marine sediments that are 3000 ft. elevation now). We use Canadian Balsam as the most permanent sealant for cover slips on microscope slides. Unfortunately, no one can presently date these resins by any definitive tests. Because they have been continuously produced, there are no drastic changes from one geological period to another. We can infer age, if we know the age of a sedimentary deposit in which they are found (this would be a minimum, because older material could have been redeposited). There are those (including several scientists) that insist that the word amber must be reserved for certain age resins. With such a continuous resin production, and no clear dating, it could all be called amber. It is a semantic argument, & those who sell Baltic, Dominican, & Mexican "amber" do not want to use the term for any that might be more recent. Obviously a commercial bias is present. They prefer to use the term "copal". Strictly speaking, the Aztec word "copal" is used for all resins! They do not distinguish the Miocene deposits from southern Mexico from the recent resin collected for incense today. Therefore it should not be redefined to fit some new arbitrary definition based on age. It is considered lower class only because of these commercial interests. We have Cretaceous amber (at least 65 million years old) and much Oligocene & Miocene amber, as well as Pliocene (Africa), and many others. We have no dates or specific geological information on Colombian amber. Because of it's color and hardness, we believe it may be Pliocene or Pleistocene (as is some of the Dominican amber from Cotui). Studies underway may clarify the deposits, but evidence suggests that there may be varying geological formations & ages. Mankind (depending on the anthropologist's definition thereof) has been on earth only 3-5 million years. Certainly the Olduvai specimens are fossils (both men & animals) and extremely valuable for study of human evolution. If we assume the Colombian amber is this recent, it still has extremely important value for those studying the fossils. Studies of biodiversity, biogeography, ecology, and evolution, all benefit from the scientific description of these amber fossils. Age is relative, the old man said, but old is not necessarily better. To call the Colombian material anything other than amber is a misnomer! Logically, we should just call everything "resin", with qualifying adjectives of origin or geological formation. I doubt that this would be acceptable to most "amber" dealers!
  24. Hi All: Does anyone know about herps preserved in amber? I've got a specimen from Baltic amber that's partial---head and leg with digits. It seems to be particularly well-preserved, so much so that all the details of the eye and digits, scales, etc. look incredible. Is it possible to nail it down to genus (or at least family) from the limited specimen? And how common is it for lizard specimens from Baltic amber to have such near-perfect fixation? Here's one photo attached, and (for the moment at least) I've got it on eBay for more photos and provenience details etc. If it turns out to be something less-than-common taxonomically then I should say it would be more honorable to take down the post...
  25. Pupating Butterfly In Baltic Amber!

    Hello, I am new to this forum. I'm an evolutionary ecologist, and used to working on living organisms, but this is so well-preserved it might as well be alive! What I'm nearly sure you're looking at is a fossilized pupating butterfly (chrysalis). You can see the silk lines it attached to the leaf, as well as much of the leaf itself. This would be what one would call a "pre-pupa", but it's already starting to look very chrysalis-ish. It certainly looks papilionid, perhaps lycaenid based on size and morphology? What strikes me is both the rarity and incredible beauty of this find if it is what I think it is. Any thoughts?? Is this the only chrysalis known in the fossil record? It's from Baltic amber, straight from the mines to an collector's hands (and now my own.) Looking forward to replies.