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britishcanuk

Could anyone recommend a reputable supplier of Cretaceous amber?

 

thanks!

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-Andy-

I do not have any particular names to give as I've not bought Cretaceous amber in years, but you can start by looking for burmite, or Burmese amber which comes from Kachin State in Burma. They are the most readily available and reasonably priced Cretaceous amber with good inclusions.

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britishcanuk

I wonder what the odds are of finding an insect inclusion in a bulk lot of raw New Jersey amber such as the one pictured below that is currently on the auction site. Seller claims the lot has not been examined.

 

Anyone have thoughts on this?

 

 

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snolly50

It has been my experience (limited), that such a lot yields a lot of deteriorated plant inclusions. Insects are of course found, but I have not found any. 

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britishcanuk

I bought one of the lots. When it comes in I'll examine it under the microscope and report back. I figure that even if there's nothing discernible in it, they are still fossils worth having.

 

thanks for your input.

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Killclaw

I think its only Burmese and New Jersey amber you can really get from the cretaceous era commercially. If you're looking to extract some dinosaur DNA then Dinofossils in the UK sell some pieces with insect inclusions. Just for raw amber though there's British samples from Sussex on the auction website.

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britishcanuk

The amber arrived. I spent some time last night examine each piece under the microscope, pretty slim pickings as far as inclusions go but I did have one piece with a couple of almost microscopic sized gnats and one with what looks like a grass seed. The rest were mostly clear, or with a scattering of unidentifiable debris. I was surprised and thrilled to find the flies!

 

 

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JohnJ

Excellent photos.  Congrats.  :)

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UtahFossilHunter
On 1/11/2017 at 7:06 AM, britishcanuk said:

The amber arrived. I spent some time last night examine each piece under the microscope, pretty slim pickings as far as inclusions go but I did have one piece with a couple of almost microscopic sized gnats and one with what looks like a grass seed. The rest were mostly clear, or with a scattering of unidentifiable debris. I was surprised and thrilled to find the flies!

 

 

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How much did that jar cost you? 

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britishcanuk
2 hours ago, UtahFossilHunter said:

How much did that jar cost you? 

20 USD + 8 USD shipping

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UtahFossilHunter
11 minutes ago, britishcanuk said:

20 USD + 8 USD shipping

Not bad:dinothumb:. I am definitely going to look into amber now. Thanks!

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britishcanuk

I think he offers free shipping within the US, but I'm in Canada so cost was a bit more 

 

also, it came in a ziplock bag, the jar was mine. This was the entire lot though.

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SpringGroveUK

I just bought a big lot from who I guess is the same guy. I was wondering, britishcanuck, what kind of microscope did you use to examine the pieces?

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britishcanuk

It's just a 20-40x dissecting binocular microscope. For better clarity, make sure the amber is sitting in water, and I find that backlighting is the best way to examine it.

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SpringGroveUK

Much appreciated. I can't wait to see if I got anything cool.

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britishcanuk
On 2017-02-27 at 8:38 PM, SpringGroveUK said:

Much appreciated. I can't wait to see if I got anything cool.

Did you get the amber? Anything in it?

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SpringGroveUK
21 hours ago, britishcanuk said:

Did you get the amber? Anything in it?

I got it. Unfortunately, I found nothing of interest in any of the pieces. Strike out. :(

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britishcanuk
4 hours ago, SpringGroveUK said:

I got it. Unfortunately, I found nothing of interest in any of the pieces. Strike out. :(

Sorry to hear that! I have seen some great deals on Bermese amber (aka burmite) with excellent fossil inclusions in them fornas little as $15 a piece. It is also Cretaceous aged. Check out the auction site.

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SpringGroveUK
19 hours ago, britishcanuk said:

Sorry to hear that! I have seen some great deals on Bermese amber (aka burmite) with excellent fossil inclusions in them fornas little as $15 a piece. It is also Cretaceous aged. Check out the auction site.

There's a lot of interesting stuff on there. I wish I knew what dealers to trust, though. These things are so easily faked.

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JohnJ
6 minutes ago, SpringGroveUK said:

There's a lot of interesting stuff on there. I wish I knew what dealers to trust, though. These things are so easily faked.

 

Hopefully, some members will send you a PM with their suggestions.  ;)

 

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