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Arthropod ID in Baltic Amber

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Jamey D. Allen

This past month I was at Latvia and Lithuania for ten nights, investigating their amber industries. Among other specimens, I bought this large polished nodule of transparent Baltic amber, that was reputed to have a "tiny spider" inclusion. I found and photographed a very small arthropod—but since I cannot count body parts and legs, I cannot say it's a spider. The purchase took place in Riga, Latvia; though I was informed that a great deal of available amber comes from Kaliningrad in the former-USSR. 

 

Jamey D. Allen - Bead Historian

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Fossildude19

Welcome to the Forum. :)

 

I can only really make out maybe 4 legs on this. :unsure: 
not sure you can get any real ID without getting closer to the item, via grinding/polishing.

 

Side by side with a "reversed black and white" image:

 

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Randyw

I could be wrong but I’m getting the impression of 3 body segments but it could be an optical illusion 

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Jamey D. Allen

Thank you for your thoughts Randy.  At a future time I hope to have the specimen photographed by a friend who routinely shoots tiny amber inclusions.  So perhaps we will have a better view of the critter.  JDA.

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Jamey D. Allen

Thank you Tim, for the welcome.  My photo is admittedly inadequate for an actual identification.  It's just provocative.  But I took these shots with an unenhanced i-Phone—and I was surprised it did as well as it did.  Cheers.  JDA.

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