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Found 29 results

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. Arachnid? in Burmese amber

    Hi guys and gal, I recently bought some burmese amber pieces online. When I looked through this particular piece, I was amazed at the inclusion within it. It looks like a spider or tick, or some type of arachnid, however I am no entomologist. I was wondering if one of The Fossil Forum’s members could help me id this mysterious little critter. The specimen come from northern Myanmar/Burma and is about 99 million years old from the middle Cretaceous period. I have never seen an insect like this. It is quite squared in shape. It is a small insect around 3-4 mm. Through a 10x lense Abdomen focused through a 40x microscope What looks like fangs (such as those in arachnids) in a 100x microscope
  5. Hello together, I have been finding online offers of feathers in Burmite recently, some look rather like recent birds´, other look structurally different at least to the everyday feather you get, the later often called dinosaur feathers. Price range is enormous. Any advice on how to recognice the good ones? I wouldn´t expect to afford a nonavian dinosaur feather, but a cretacious Bird would be nice, if real. Thanks in advance, J
  6. Hello again guys. As you may know, I just started in this world and I'm pretty enthusiastic about it. So I was taking a look at some listings in an auction website and the following items caught my attention. I had no reason to suspect the veracity of them judging by the photos (and I may be completely wrong since I have virtually none experience with this, but to me, it seemed real). What made me suspicious is what the seller stated about them, which follows: "Q: Why I use heat test ,the smell is not pine resin? A: Because the most insect amber in the market is form Baltic,the ambers are the fossil of pine resin, and burmite are the fossil of araucaria, so the smell is diffrent from pine resin, the smell just more like kerosene. PS. Because the burmite are older than Baltic amber, so hard than Baltic ambers, if not have crack,n ot afraid fall into the ground and not easy to been lighted." So, what do you think? Is this trustable? Do burmite amber really smell like kerosene or it's just some kind of fake plastic amber? Thanks in advance, Juliano
  7. I need help with this scale pattern. Snake or lizard? Cenomanian cretaceous
  8. On the surface this looks like a feather but i don't know if there are any plants that look like this. Here are the pics. Piece extracted from the cenomanian clay pits. Dated by argon from volcanic crystals on strata to cenomanian age late cretaceous.
  9. Although lizards are prime material for fakers, i think this tail is authentic. It is an unusial cast fossil. Kind of like a ghost form. It seems that the tail became detached. Much like they do today. This is cenomanian age amber. From Myanmar kachin state.
  10. Here's a shrimp-like Cretaceous Dipluran with two Ticks. Gorgeous piece!
  11. Cretaceous mushroom in amber????

    I need help in identifying this. Is it a mushroom in Cretaceous burmese amber? Cenomanian burmite from machine state?
  12. Hi, I have what seems to be a female scale insect acarii(?) that still seems to have unfertilized/ stillborn young in a couple of sacks. 2nd photo, the pebble like things in the center of the body. The first photo is the famous specimen in the earlier stage of brooding. My specimen may be a late stage one. What do you make of it?
  13. Cretaceous Cenomanian Leaf Cutter Ant (?) Please Id

    I am at a loss on how to verify if this is a leaf cutter ant. If it is it is far older than anything yet discovered on leaf cutter ants. Notice the square shaped leaf fragment near its face. I don't know what it might be if not the ant's prize. Science says that these insects started to cultivate fungus in the tertiary. Advice?
  14. Pseudoscorpion in Burmite?

    Just looking for a little help identifying a couple of Burmite inclusions. Would I be right in thinking the inclusion near the bottom of the piece is a pseudoscorpion? It's small, measuring around 3mm across. I'm also unsure what the inclusion directly in front of it might be - some kind of grub? Thanks in advance!
  15. Wing in Burmite Amber

    Recently, I went to burmite market in Myitkyina City, Kachin State, Myanmar. I bought a few Burmese amber (burmite) include this little one. It is about 1 and half inches big (roughly square shaped) inside there is a wing. I am not sure about what wing it is and I am guessing a butterfly. What do you guys think what wing it is.
  16. Enhydro.mp4

    From the album Burmese Amber

    This piece of amber has trapped liquid with a tiny air bubble that moves.

    © @Lori Gesch

  17. I just received this amazing piece of Burmese amber yesterday. The seller thought the long strands were pine needles, but I think they are segmented coprolites from an insect/larva similar to that of the modern sawfly larva. While, I'm pretty good at spotting fossilized fecal matter, I'm not so good at bugs. I'm hoping someone here can help me ID the insects and mite so that I can confirm this dates to the Cretaceous. 1. Can anyone tell me what this one is? It was identified by the seller as a sand fly. I'm hoping the terminal appendages (hopefully I'm using the correct terminology) might be diagnostic. 2. Next is this little flying insect (the wings are really hard to see), that was identified by the seller as a wasp. It looks more like a flying ant to me, but I know next to nothing about bugs. 3. This one looks like a mite to me, but was not mentioned by the seller. 4. The boxy shape of this one looks like a smaller version of what I've seen identified as "bark beetle" in Dominican amber. However, I haven't been able to find anything similar Burmese amber.
  18. Leaf part in burmite

    Hi Is this leaf piece?
  19. Coprolite in burmite?

    Hi Is this mammal coprolite ?
  20. snail in burmite?

    Hi Is this snail? I bid him for 6,99 $ with the schipped
  21. I recently obtained this piece of amber, which was described as being from Myanmar, and therefore of cretaceous age. I got it very cheaply, I'd say (from a well known auction site), and this led another collector to rather rudely assert that it was fake. I have no reason to assume that it is fake, but at the same time, I'm having trouble proving that it's authentic. When I poke it with a hot needle, the needle makes an impression but doesn't slice straight through it. Dark grey smoke rose from it, which didn't smell of plastic. When I rub it vigorously with a soft cloth, it gives off a mild resinous aroma, but doesn't get sticky. It floats in salty water, in the same way as my Dominican amber does (my Baltic amber slowly sank, but I suspect I didn't have enough salt in the water). I haven't been able to get it to hold a static charge, but then I can't with any of my amber, so I must be doing that all wrong. I wouldn't normally post most of these pictures, because all but one qualify as photographic failures, but I've since re-polished the surfaces for future photography (my spare-room studio being out of action at present). Note a seed (?) of some kind just above the antenna, near the top, and some kind of larva or something to the left of the millipede. That looks like a tiny beetle on the left hand side of this one. General inclusions, including bubbles and an insect 'riding' on one, centre-right. One of the pseudoscorpions. There are various other inclusions too, including another pseudoscorpion and one tiny spider. I don't see any way in which this is an out-and-out fake (e.g. plastic). So that leaves the possibility that it's authentic, or copal, or that it's amber with the insects inserted afterwards. I'm very doubtful of the later, because they are randomly placed in the amber and I don't see any signs of tampering. That would seem like a lot of effort for something sold for £35/$45. It doesn't seem to have any of those little oak hair things that you get in Baltic amber. Not sure whether cretaceous amber, or copal, have those or not. I'd welcome any thoughts on this. Thanks.
  22. Scorpion tail in burmite?

    Hi Is this scorpion tail ? Age: Cretaceous Matrix:Burmite I won the auction on ebay for $ 27.27 with shipping.:)
  23. pliers pseudoscorpion on burmite amber

    Hi I bought a cockroach in burmite. The second time I bought and the second time I got free The first time flies. And now a big piece of archeognatha, 1 or 2 fly and ... pliers pseudoscorpion. It's a pseudoscorpion or scorpion pliers? I'm sorry for the quality but the spec is very tiny and I have a weak camera.
  24. can you guys help my identify these insects from Cretaceous period? Did some reseach but couldn't find even close to the shapes and
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