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Scarodactyl

~20% of an insect in Indonesian amber

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Scarodactyl

Hello everyone.  My main area of focus is gems, but sometimes I run into fossil material, and this was one I was hoping I could ask about.  I bought a sack of dark Indonesian amber a couple of years back, and after slicing and polishing a few I came across this.  It appears to be part of an insect, though badly beat up.  I'd have concluded it was just suggestively-shaped vegetable matter if it weren't for the 'leg', but it looks fairly leggy to me?

I know this is a lot to ask from a tiny bit of data, but is it possible this is an insect, or am I reading too much into a bit of twig?  And if an insect, can they be identified from fingerprints?

Unfortunately this material rarely comes with a very specific locale attached.  If I remember right Indonesian amber in general is miocene with a wide range of ages.

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Field of view ~4mm

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Field of view ~2mm

I'd have preferred oblique lighting but the green fluorescence of the amber hides the inclusions.

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Foozil

I agree that it is an insect. I doubt that you could ID it beyond that though. 

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Tidgy's Dad

Seems to have too many joints to be an insect leg. 

Amber is such beautiful stuff :).

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LordTrilobite

Definitely an insect leg.

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Rockwood
33 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Seems to have too many joints to be an insect leg. 

Amber is such beautiful stuff :).

Good point.

Bryophyte ?

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Tidgy's Dad
15 minutes ago, Rockwood said:

Good point.

Bryophyte ?

Maybe. 

But I might be wrong about the leg bit. 

I can get the bit about the tarsal segments and the claws, but the leg seems very much too jointed further back.

Image result for insect leg detail

 

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Rockwood
12 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

but the leg seems very much too jointed further back.

Jointed or bent ?

I probably have to give up on more bryophyte segments in any case.

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Scarodactyl

Thanks everyone!  Yeah, the extra jointing or bending seemed like a concern, though it's difficult to resolve the shape with exactness.  The end sure looks like it has those nice tarsal claws though.

I suppose the best solution is to get back to the amber and find one that's more intact.  If I do I'll post it here.

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