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Found 35 results

  1. https://theconversation.com/eye-opening-discovery-54-million-year-old-fossil-flies-yield-new-insight-into-the-evolution-of-sight-121867
  2. Last week, I made some incredible trips with my kids to the middle Cambrian U-Dig site, the Fossil Lake lagerstatte in Wyoming, and a muddy, rained-out attempt at the Late Cretaceous in Colorado. This was our first time visiting all of these sites - such amazing times! Here are some pics starting with Utah. My best find, a triple carcass Elrathia kingii Fossil Lake, first started splitting slabs in the Green River formation. This is where we were working. A large plate with three Knightias and a Diplomystus. Later we cut the plate down so could transport home. 18 Inch Layer: My son made the best discoveries at the 18 Inch Layer: a fly and a bee Bee under magnification. Incredible preservation detail! Some fish under scope We made it to the Cretaceous locality but it began raining. You can see the storm clouds approaching on the left. The roads were too muddy to continue and we were running out of time as we had a plane to catch unfortunately...another time perhaps! A beautiful drive. When we returned home it appeared the TSA searched my checked luggage! Luckily nothing was missing or destroyed. Thanks for reading.
  3. I was thinking about buying this amber from this website online and I've heard about fake insects amber and i was wondering if this was one of the or not. The specimen is meant to be 5 million years old (Pliocene) measures 30 by 23 mm with unidentified insects and was found in Colombia
  4. 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!
  5. Mind blown. Recent posts have been about opalised dino bones, and new beetles in amber. This fossil is an insect in opal! https://entomologytoday.org/2019/01/18/fossilized-insect-discovered-amber-opal/
  6. Is this real as if it is I’m considering buying it thanks
  7. http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2018-12-20-newborn-insects-trapped-amber-show-first-fossil-evidence-how-crack-egg#
  8. http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201812050047.html
  9. Cretaceous mushroom in amber????

    I need help in identifying this. Is it a mushroom in Cretaceous burmese amber? Cenomanian burmite from machine state?
  10. until
    First Presentation: Our first speaker will be Carl Fechko. His topic will be: "The fossils of the Florissant Fossil Beds". The Florissant formation is world famous for its abundance of well preserved insects and plants. Carl's presentation will focus upon the knowledge that he gained from a visit to The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. He will also share his experience collecting fossils at the Florissant Fossil Quarry. Second Presentation: Donna Cole and Craig Tipton will combine their efforts in a talk entitled: "A Trip to Wyoming, July/August, 2018". It will cover the highlights of their journey to Wyoming, their visit to the American Fossil Quarry near Kemmerer, and then their trip to the Eden Valley - Blue Forrest Fossil Wood site northeast of Kemmerer. Third Presentation: Our third speaker will be Carl Fechko. His topic will be: "A visit to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Canada". For this talk, Carl will share what he experienced in a "behind the scenes" tour at the ROM along with a description of some of the most interesting fossils and exhibits at the ROM. Collector's Corner: Bring Your favorite Insect and Bug Fossils for showing others and sharing information.
  11. https://animals.howstuffworks.com/insects/new-species-parasitoid-wasps-found-inside-rare-fossilized-flies.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1
  12. old beetles record

    this being: Whirling in the late Permian: ancestral Gyrinidae show early radiation of beetles before Permian-Triassic mass extinction Evgeny V. Yan,1,2 Rolf G. Beutel,1 and John F. Lawrence3 BMC Evol Biol. 2018; 18: 33. Published online 2018 Mar 16. doi: 10.1186/s12862-018-1139-8 1,63 MB yanbeutelcoleopterentomollagersts12869-8.pdf
  13. Tennessee Amber

    My dad loves fossilized amber, As a teen he was promised a whole piece of amber with a mosquito in it but unfortunately his now homeless cousin stole it and it disappeared forever. He keeps wanting to go hunt for amber but I don’t know any places in Tennessee to go find any. It would make his year to go find a piece so if anyone knows any good locations it would be much appreciated.
  14. It seems that amber fossils have decided that they will be making headlines all this 2018 long http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1802/S00017/otago-researchers-uncover-new-zealands-first-fossils.htm
  15. Hello Everyone! I am looking to trade for insect fossils (Insects in amber is fine as well) I currently have for trade Bryozoa, Brachiopods, gastropods and echinoids collected from fossil sites in Victoria and New South Wales (International shipping is fine) Thanks Daniel
  16. Spent a few hours tonight mucking around trying to get some nice macro shots of some insects in Baltic amber. Here are the results. Field of view is approximately 7mm, but some of these have been cropped considerably.
  17. Baltic Amber insects

    This is my first post here. I'm a writer and photographer. Because of circumstances I have been forced this winter to photograph mostly at home, so I started doing some macro photography. Then I found interesting leftovers from the spiders in the basement, and long story short; I started taking pictures of insect inclusions in Baltic Amber. The difficulty of the subject matter intrigued me greatly. I have started to read "History of Insects" by A. Rasnitsyn, D. Quicke (Kluwer, 2002), to understand amber and inclusion process, and "Insects of Britain and Western Europe" by M. Chinery (A and C Black, 2007). I'm trying to be able to identify species and families. I have learned that one of my fossils is a Diptera Nematocera, which means two-winged midge, and thats good enough for my project. Because I plan to get a wider collection, and maybe an exhibition of some sort. So I'm asking for some help with this, and if it's ok to post regularly when in doubt. If someone here could not only tell species and family, but also what the identifying markers are. I'm a fast learner, and will not bother you if I have nothing to show, or can figure it out myself. I try to study, but need som assistance to get started. Fossile insects are not as easy as spotting a bee or wasp or fly. So here are my first images. I have tried to name one or two, but like I said, I no next to nothing of my subject matter. (I have education in anatomy, and a rudimentary understanding of insect parts, but need pointers to put the puzzle together). The size of the inclusions are 2-4mm in body length. All are probably from the Eocene period. Thanks! I am puzzeled by the head of this one. I just call it a Diptera for now. Someone on a forum told me this was a Chironomidae, but why? The bug on the bottom looks like a Weevil. I think this is a Midge hunting an ant. If it is a Nematocera. But it looks like it has hair on the body. Is this a wasp or a fly? I have no idea. A fellow photographer called her a "Ikea bug" Some assembly required:) The seller of this one called her a Diptera Nematocera, or a mosquito of some sort.
  18. Different insects from China for trade.(Daohugou,Inner Mongolia, age: middle jurassic)
  19. My grandfather was a medical doctor and a well known entomologist. He was specialized on geometrid moths and described several hundred new species. He even has his own short Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Bastelberger . But I don't know the first thing about insects. That's a bit embarrassing - if he knew that, he would turn over in his grave. So I could need a helping hand. I got several insects from the Middle to Late Jurassic of Daohugou / Inner Mongolia, but I have no clue what they are. Any help to nail down the order or family is greatly appreciated! Thanks Thomas Insect 1: 3cm Insect 2: 2cm
  20. So I've been trying to do some research on the fossil flora/fauna of the Parachute Creek member of the Green River formation and so far I can only find the following reference mentioned as representing any kind of significant effort to catalogue the fossils: "The Eocene Green River flora of northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah, HD MacGinitie - 1969 - University of California Press". The problem is, it is out of print and not even listed on the U of C Press site. I found a copy available from a book seller but I'm not sure if it's worth the money to buy it sight unseen. I already have plenty of other books like that already on my shelves. There is a database of sorts that the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has online, but I'll be darned if I can figure out how to work it. Any other suggestions?
  21. As I mentioned in my last post, the Cincinnati Dry Dredgers now have a members blog to record our fossil hunting trips. Last time, I blogged about the fossils in the Ordovician tri-state area (Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana), and this time I start the first of a two-part series about the Triassic fossils of the Solite Quarry. Read about our favorite Triassic Lagerstätte here.
  22. Halloween Spider!

    Found this guy last night splitting some shale I had laying around. Found on a piece about the size of a quarter!
  23. Fossils found in Florissant...
  24. Found some more cool insects and one spider this weekend.
  25. Florissant Spider?

    Looks like a spider missing a couple legs?
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