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Found 139 results

  1. My Birthday is coming up in a few days and I am looking to knock something off of my bucket list. This insect has caught my eye. It is within my budget and from a reputable seller, but unfortunately, I know little about fossilized insects, and less about ones from China. I have done some research and it seems that Dragonflies (and many other insects) are common in the given formation. From what I can tell, there is nothing suspicious about this one, but I thought I would poll the audience just in case. Dragonfly Larvae (Roughly 2in or 5cm long) Yixian Formation (Cretaceous) Huangbangi Valley from Liaoning Province of China
  2. Burmite amber bug

    I've got another insect of some sort (at least I think it's an insect) in some cretaceous period amber from Burma. Measuring about 1 cm long, with swept back antennae (I think) that run the length of it's body. Unfortunately, due to lack of resources, I can't get the really good, close detailed pics I'd like and this piece of amber is darker than normal. Which doesn't help with the pics. Anyhoo, 4 pics showing the full length. Not the best preserved, but still visible, although part of it looks to be missing. Any idea's as to what it might be? Other than really, really dead of course.
  3. Insect Wing Fossil

    My 7 year old rockhound son found this rock after I tilled up my garden bed and he’s convinced it has a fossil or two in it. After looking at it with him, I agree but honestly I’m not very knowledgeable in this area. I’m hoping some of you experts might be able to help him ID them if they are fossils. We live in The Uintah Basin, UT where lots of dinosaur bones have been found. Thank you for looking!
  4. Fossil Hornet Nest

    OK here is the story. There was a very large granite bolder on my property and it had resisted many attempts to move it but finally someone brought in a bulldozer big enough and it was moved to a more convenient place. In the process of moving it a large fossil was exposed. It was notable for the many hexagonal structures which looked like a bee hive. Everyone agreed it was very curious and obviously a fossil but not more than that. I wish I had a piece of it but the whole thing would have weighed 50 pounds or more. Many years later I was watching a program about ground nesting wasps and hornets. When I saw that the light went off. That was a fossil hornet nest. How long would it take to fossilize something like that? Could it have been under that large bolder, had the entrance blocked off and been sealed off long enough to fossilize?
  5. Insect wing or Cyclopteris?

    I found this fossil today when splitting upper Carboniferous nodules I found earlier this year in West Yorkshire, UK. I can’t decide whether this is a Cyclopteris leaf or an insect wing. I think Cyclopteris leaf is more likely but I’m not sure. It measures 2.5cm long. Does anyone know what this is? Thanks, Daniel
  6. This is a species not described in any literature regarding the burmese Amber. I intend to publish a scholarly article describing it if my suspicions are correct.
  7. Green River Split layer Nymph?

    Final got to a Green River fossil that once exposed looks very much like a insect body or insect nymph. Would anybody out there be able to point me in the right direction as to what it actually is?
  8. Fossil coral II?

    Ok- so I was 13 when I found this one in south St. Louis county, and I thought it was an annelid, then an insect (thought there was a leg -there was no difference between 12 and 13 ? ). This is very similar to the last post i just had, thanks again! Bone
  9. Friends- Thanks for your patience with my last couple of posts, these concretions are a carnival ride. I collected this delicate little (9mm) winged insect in 2010 at the Mazonia-Braidwood South Unit. Any thoughts on what ballpark I should be looking in for an ID? Some kind of damselfly, maybe? (Is it possibly newly-hatched with uninflated wings?) I appreciate your time.
  10. Ok. So, apparently I need my eyes examined... Thanks, everyone. Maybe I'll have better luck with invertebrates. I'll post more photos separately, but here's a preview:
  11. Mazon Creek Insect Wing or Leaf?

    This concretion from the Mazon Creek area Chowder Flats site split earlier this week but I just had a chance to examine it today. It preserves a narrow ~10 mm long veined object, unfortunately with a portion missing from the middle. The shape and venation makes me think of an insect wing, but it could certainly be a partial leaf of some sort instead. I would love to hear thoughts from anyone with more experience. I had to take the pictures through my loupe since it is so small- the first two are of the part and the third is the counterpart.
  12. Plant, Insect?

    Discovered in 1960. From Central PA farm field. Approx. 4" x 8" Was longer but was used as door stop for decades and slowly chipped away. Appears to be sandstone IMG_0344.HEIC IMG_4221.HEIC
  13. Hey 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.
  14. Bug ID request

    While this isn't the type of "bug" I normally collect, this one appealed to me as soon as I saw it on the auction site. Can anyone in our masses give me any help with regards to identification? The seller, who is also a member on here BTW, speculated at the order Neuroptera, but that was followed by a (?). It is Jurassic in age, from the Daohugou lagerstatte of Inner Mongolia. Thanks in advance.
  15. What do you all thing about this fossil insect? Real? Fake? Real with paint? It looks like Green River matrix, but I don't know. - edited to add 2 more pics--
  16. Fossil Wasp nest? ID verification

    Good morning folks. I have another puzzling fossil requiring identification/verification. This fossil came from the Tucson show in 2008 and was thought to be a fossil insect (wasp) nest. There were seven unlabeled fossils in the group I purchased. I have identified five of them but this is one I need your help with. Sounds like china when it's tapped with a spoon and appears to have a small section of fossil tree branch attached to it. Help!
  17. This middle Pennsylvanian concretion from Mazon Creek (Francis Creek Shale), was discovered in the fall of 2014 in the Mazon Creek Heritage Site. I could use some help identifying. The preservation is not the best. I see no indication of the existence of wings but I sense there were some.
  18. This middle Pennsylvanian concretion from Mazon Creek (Francis Creek Shale), was discovered in the fall of 2013 in the Mazon Creek Heritage Site. Whip Scorpion Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Arachnida Order: Uropygi Geralinura sp.
  19. Florissant Insects?

    I have been involved in a post "Florissant Fossil Quarry Fun". To make a long story short, I took the advice given to preserve my specimens from Florissant. Unfortunately some of my specimens had already broke. So I took out my razor blade and split them further. To my surprise, I think I found 2 insects!!! Your thoughts?
  20. hexapoda/mantoidae/Oise /Pseudomantoida

    New Paleogene mantises from the Oise amberand their evolutionary importance THOMAS SCHUBNEL and ANDRE NEL Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 64 (4): 779–786. schuNELinsemantilagersthexapoapp006282019.pdf @Coco @fifbrindacier
  21. Bug or no bug?

    I found this agate on a beach in Northern California. It appears to have a flying insect trapped inside of it. Is this even possible? Or is it an illusion? Who would I contact to find out for sure?
  22. Why I Love Blacklight!

    Whenever I bring home a new batch of fossils, I pull out my UV rock lamp. Why? Some fossils glow in the dark, but not in a uniform way. Variations in the mineral composition make for a variety of colors, even when the specimen seems fairly uniform in color in daylight. This can make small, hidden details really stand out. Case in point: This afternoon I was putting away some petrified wood I'd collected awhile back. I pulled out my black light to examine them because some of the wood from this site shows a rainbow of color under UV. This one particular piece was mostly orange under UV, though in camera the hues look different. What really got my attention, however, were a few really vibrant spots on one side. Insect traces! The petrified wood chip is only about 8 cm long. Even with a magnifier, some of the small details are hard to spot. I never would have spotted them in daylight, but they were super bright with the UV. Another box I was sorting through this week contained impressions of brachiopods and trilobites in plain, white limestone. It can be hard to see the contours in the matrix, but they show up much differently under the UV. Finally, UV light can be used to identify fossil mollusks whose patterns have bleached away. About 60% of fossil shells fluoresce and some species have been described based on the residual patterns made visible under ultraviolet light. Note: To photograph these, I used a Convoy UV LED flashlight. I set my camera on a tripod for a 4 second exposure at f/22, with ISO set to 1600. I had my DSLR's white balance set for daylight.
  23. Possible Insect wing from Carboniferous

    Hi all. I was wondering if I could get some sort of specific ID on a possible insect wing that I found in the roof shales of a thin coal that is dated to the Late Pennsylvanian or Kasimovian. Fossil plants and some vertebrate material can be found in the same shale. Stratigraphic information: From a roof shale of a thin coal roughly 30 feet below the Brush Creek Limestone of the Glenshaw Formation in the Conemaugh Group. Discovered in the suburbs outside of Pittsburgh.
  24. Fossils??

    Found Glen Rose TX area... this is very interesting to me. It has many different imprints. Could someone tell me if they are plants, insects, worms or all of the above I would really appreciate it
  25. New acquired Collection

    I have started to collect a few things from a older lady and wanted to share. The large piece of petrified wood is 8” across and 3” thick. The fish I have been wondering if they were the same kind? Love the bug/ mosquito or not sure what to call it. these were found 50+ years ago.
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