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Found 37 results

  1. Hello, a couple of weeks ago I bought a piece of amber. All the seller told me was that he had no idea what it could be. It has some cracks, I presume that’s why he sold it to me for a really low price. The piece is less than an inch in length. It is from the early cenomanian (98-99 million years old). It comes from the Hukawng Valley in northern Myanmar.
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. Insects in amber ID references?

    Hi, Is anyone aware of a good reference site (or book) on insects found in amber? I’m looking for references on all ages and all localities. thanks!
  6. Cloudy amber with inclusion

    Hand sanded this small piece of Sumatran cloudy amber after work this morning. Once I was done, I was checking it out with my loupe & found a small inclusion. Not exactly sure if the amber is called cloudy or not, but it LOOKS cloudy & those clouds are kinda beautiful. As for the inclusion, not sure what type of bug it is, but I came awful close to destroying it without realizing it. Just plain dumb luck I stopped when I did. Indonesian black (Sumatran) amber, 28mm long with the bug being just barely 1mm in length. The amber itself is a dark cognac hue.
  7. I need help with this scale pattern. Snake or lizard? Cenomanian cretaceous
  8. Amber inclusion, seed?

    Hello, could anybody help me with identification of this piece poping out of the amber? It's 5mm (0,2 inch) long and at first sight it looks like a seed. I don't know where is this piece of amber from. Thanks for any help.
  9. Amber inclusions info?

    Are things that had been entirely covered by amber(as opposed to only partially, where it would still be exposed at some point), still soft, with moisture, or does amber somehow draw the moisture out of whatever has been sealed inside, drying it/turning it into a husk?
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. Welcome to another microscopic look into the wonderful world of coprolites. Here we have a squished (flattened) spiral coprolite from the prehistoric floodplains that now form the Bull Canyon Formation in the badlands of Quay County, New Mexico. Today's mystery was most likely not ingested. Many times the posterior (non-pinched end) of spiral coprolites can be hollow. I may be wrong, but I think this branchy thing (for lack of a better term) slipped in after it was expelled. To me this looks like part of a branch from a delicate coral - but the poop was in fresh water. Any ideas?
  18. Amber Inclusion ID

    Hello, a friend of mine gave me this fossil of baltic amber from an antiquity of 40 million years. It has an insect. I would like to know what kind of insect it is.\
  19. 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.
  20. Hi all, I was going through some smoky hill chalk coprolites that I recently acquired and found one with some interesting inclusions. At first I was thinking these were skull fragments, but after looking at the Oceans of Kansas site, the only thing that I could find that had a similar texture were Ptychodus sp. teeth and what looks like cartilage. I have never seen cartilage in a coprolite before. I would think it would be easily digested, so perhaps it is just bone. There are also numerous fish bones and scales, so if our poopetrator did dine on Ptychodus, it had a diverse palate. I have not seen anything similar and would love your opinions on this. Thank you in advance!
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Hello Friends, Long time i didnt post here but i think someone must representing Baltic amber Inclusions on so amazing forum. This time i attach picture of tiny parasitic wasp 1mm body from Baltic amber ( 40-54 million years - Eocene Era ) Hymenoptera: Platygastridae. Spider Eggs Parasitoid ! Cheers to all members ! Artur
  24. Hell Creek Coprolites

    Hi all, I just got back from a fantastic dig near Marmarth, ND. I was in coprolite heaven! I am wondering if anyone has any clues about the round inclusion in the first photo. It is phosphatic. I thought it was particularly interesting because I rarely see inclusions in this type of coprolite. I am also including photos of some of the more interesting coprolites I found along with a really cool ichnofossil found by another member of our group. What is interesting about this one is that it is furrowed on both the rounded and concave ends.
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