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Found 104 results

  1. Hi, I am wondering if someone could suggest an immersion fluid that would have similar refractive properties of Amber in order to get photos of inclusions. I am looking for a fluid that will not damage or degrade the amber piece and can be cleaned off when done. Thanks for looking. R~
  2. Weird critter?

    Hi everyone, I was looking in my rock collection and found this rock I've not really seen before and it appears to have some kind of animal in it. No idea on age or locality it was found in. It appears to have been tumbled or polished at some time
  3. This small 'insect' was purchased from a thought-to-be trusted seller at a shop close to where I live. I have been a little sceptical and was wondering what an expert's opinion may tell me. Is it a fabrication? Is it real, just badly preserved?
  4. RNC 0711 (a) (Mieroblattima pacis).jpg

    From the album Lebanese Fossils

  5. The Bugaloos

    A recent online purchase. The only thing I know is it was shipped from China. Any chance on at least some sort of ID beyond "insect"? Seller doesn't give any information on it.
  6. Eocene Green River Formation ichnofossils

    I would like some help identifying some trace fossils. These are all from the same site from the "Soldier Summit Fossil Track Horizon" area in the Eocene Green River Formation. My grandson and I collected these for his science fair project, so any insight is welcome. Fossil A is obviously a tail feather. It's length is 55mm. Fossil B has shore-bird tracks, but please notice the insect track in the right side. What kind of insect could have made this? Fossil C and D are different sides of the same rock. For side C, I initially thought that this might be bird tracks, but I they don't look anything like the classic pattern in the sample B. Fossil D is covered with fine lines, perhaps some worm tracks? Close-ups E and F zoom in on these tracks. Close-up E shows a mottled pattern on the left, perhaps an alge mat? On the left, a wavy track. I don't know how a worm could create this pattern. Close-up F shows fine lines.
  7. Find du jour!

    During what I like to call the fossil hunting off-season for folks up in New England you sometimes manage to find something sitting beneath your nose ever since you first found the piece. (i.e. a tooth or shell you missed in a conglomerate or an odd little vertebra you forgot you found at a microsite etc.) This is a similar case where it was only today that I found this tiny insect in some of the material I brought home this summer from Douglas Pass, Colorado (Green River fm. parachute creek member). I hadn't noticed the front of the body and legs until a few hours ago when re-examining the leaves and bugs specimens I picked up from the locality. After carefully picking away at the somewhat flaky matrix the rest of the body was revealed. I want to know what you think its identity is, my guess is mosquito or potentially mayfly. Thoughts? The length is about 3 mm from head to abdomen.
  8. Insect non det.

    From the album Invertebrates

    Insect non det. Middle Jurassic Daohugou Nei Mongol PRC
  9. 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?
  10. Unknown Insect? on Matrix from Ningcheng

    Hi folks, I received this in the mail as a bonus for one of my purchases, it's a matrix from China (browsing for similar specimens from the seller places it as from Ningcheng, China, Jurassic period). I have zero idea what it is, and wondering if the wonderful TFF folks have any indication of what it could be? I doubt it's anything (and without a microscope, probably impossible to identify), but trying to make an attempt to label it, rather than dumping it with in my unknown bucket.
  11. Hi, please, could you help us with the identification of this fossil? It belongs to the south of Spain. Thanks in advance
  12. http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/08/17/99-million-year-old-beetle-which-lived-with-tyrannosaurus-rex-found-perfectly-preserved-in-amber.html
  13. Dragonfly wing?

    Hi, this fossil was found in the Fur Formation of Denmark, which 55 million years ago was at the bottom of an ocean. Someone claimed that this fossil was part of a dragonfly wing, but what do you think?
  14. Insect ID

    Hello all I received this insect in a trade with another forum member a couple of months ago. All other insects I could ID, but I can't find this one. It is from the Yixian Fm. of Liaoning, China. This formation is early Cretaceous. I finally got a new camera. The pictures are not perfect but I hope they do the job. Insect is a little over 1 cm. Greetings
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. How could this possibly happen??? How would they eyes be so dark while the rest is barely visible? And not just that, how are the eyes just the silhouettes, and not solid? It's not like they were made of anything different, or different in any other way. They couldn't be have been fossilized in different ways. is this possibly genuine??? I totally trust this persons other stuff, this one just seems so impossible to me.
  19. Found this in a small creek bed in northern Wisconsin. Size: 1.25 x .875 x .750 Please help identify.
  20. My wife obtained this in China about 10-15 years ago. It was said to be from Tibet?? Can anyone here tell us more about it? It weighs 5.6 lbs. It's 10" tall and 5 1/2" across at the widest point. The insect is 2 1/2" across.
  21. Wasp ?

    Another Florissant insect.
  22. Robber fly ?

    Back from vacation with this find from Florissant. It seems a possible match for the one on display at the monument.
  23. insect in Baltic amber

    Hello everyone! Thanks to the generous @caldigger I have received my very first fossil insect, and I was wondering if anyone can help me identify it further - it's in Baltic amber from Palanga, Lithuania, and it's from the Eocene. Here are some pictures: Thanks so much! Monica
  24. 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.
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