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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!
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.
gieserguy posted a topic in Questions & AnswersHey 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.