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  1. PointyKnight

    Marine Predator Coprolite

    From the album: Oxford Clay Fauna

    Coprolite Jurassic, Callovian Oxford Clay, Peterborough Member Hampton Lakes, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, UK A coprolite from an indeterminate marine predator, showing inclusions of nacre, partially digested bone, and fish scales of Pholidophorus? sp. (an indeterminate pholidophorid) and Coccolepis sp. (an enigmantic coccolepid).
  2. Hello all, I would like to add Amber to my fossil collection but i am lost online due to all the concern about fake Amber. Could anyone recommend a reputable site or person to purchase from? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
  3. My Dear friends, Here a little showing up but i must do it becouse this is essence of my passion ( not showing up but resoults of passion ). My first wasp named after me, finally <3 Helorus arturi was described by Jyrki Muona from Finland. Here is the article and pdf file. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/343997607_Helorus_arturi_sp_nov_Hymenoptera_Proctotrupoidea_Heloridae_from_Baltic_amber And a wasp pic. Cheers ! Artur
  4. Top Trilo

    Fossil in Chalcedony?

    I have this piece of chalcedony that I polished years ago in a tumbler. I always thought inclusions were automatically mineral or geologic but a recent thread said that is not always the case so I am wondering if any of these inclusions are biologic, thanks for your help. Oh and there is also an air bubble (last photo) not sure if that means anything
  5. DinoFossilsUK

    Beetle in Dominican Amber

    Hi, just looking for a little help identifying this beetle in Dominican amber. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
  6. Need some ID help on this one. Eocene, Keasey Formation, and an inclusion or something inside a concretion. Size of the whole piece is 12 x 15 cm, weighs about 6 pounds. Image 1 - Mollusk on top of something that has included into the matrix #2 is a close up of the mollusk and surrounding area Closeup of the inclusion material More images to follow.
  7. Mousehead

    Amber mystery inclusion

    Hey! I blindly bought a bunch of rough Dominican amber and found this thing dead center in a large piece. The main blob has bubbles in it so I thought it might just be a pocket full of air, but after looking at the microscope and seeing appendages I'm not so sure. Is this just a fluke or actually something? These are the best photos I could take – any ideas?
  8. Hello my friends ! I just wanted do share pics of superb. male Jumping Spider ( Salticidae ) that i had. It is not often to see so amazing, colorful and well preserved eyes of jumpers so a little showing off I will upload more photos in comments. Cheers from Poland !
  9. Dear Friends, I decided to share more from my passion, good finds or interesting things if we talk about Baltic Amber with inclusions. This is still fascinating for me and there is always chance for something extra or new for science. This time it is something that i found first time ever and i don't have it in any book about amber inclusions. Its a Extremely Rare, Aquatic Nymph Of Veliidae - SMALLER WATER STRIDER. Why so rare ? Well in general aquatic organism's are always very rare becouse they was in water or near water so its very simple. Its easy to imagine t
  10. Hello, I've been intrigued by this for days, and I am wondering if it is a fossil or not? Found in Northamptonshire, UK, which is mostly Jurassic in age. I've found Bivalves, belemnites and some gastropods in the same area. Sorry there's no scale, its about 5mm. Thanks.
  11. Dear friends, i hope i am not boring with my amber passion Its real obsession for me This time i'd like to show wonderful, i can say - almost perfect Pseudoscorpion ( False Scorpion ). People thinks often that is extremely rare but its not. I had i think about 30 pieces in career. Often they are very small, even only 1mm. This one had 2mm in max with body and pedipalps. What is interesting - do you see that drop inside ambdomen ? It was Enhydros "running water" but there is huge discussion in amber inclusion market what exactly it is. One side ( with me ) think that is runni
  12. I wanted to share this exquisite ichneumon wasp in Burmese amber. It’s hard to believe that this wasp was alive 100 million years ago. I’ve also included a picture of a modern one I photographed in my backyard this past summer.
  13. Dear Friends, This time i'd like to show "scene" from Baltic Amber. Diptera In Coupla - Mating Flies - Copulating Flies. Very good quality for scene like this. Collectors love inclusions like this. Sometimes i got flies in "mating position" but they are not "connected" on 100%. Very clear amber also with ant inside and other flies but i cant upload more mb Enjoy ! Cheers From Europe Artur
  14. Dear Friends, I'd like to show ( i am not sure if its good forum-topic ) a scientific article about my find. Amazing Geometrid caterpillar from Baltic Amber. Now it's published on pretty serious place. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-53734-w Enjoy ! <3 Artur Michalski
  15. Hello, a couple of weeks ago I bought a piece of amber. All the seller told me was that he had no idea what it could be. It has some cracks, I presume that’s why he sold it to me for a really low price. The piece is less than an inch in length. It is from the early cenomanian (98-99 million years old). It comes from the Hukawng Valley in northern Myanmar.
  16. Jamey D. Allen

    Arthropod ID in Baltic Amber

    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
  17. Hello everyone. So I have a question about a piece of burmite amber in my collection that I am certain is authentic. It does not release a smell when heated...I've found that my darker colored specimens will release a stronger pine smell than the lighter colored ones, however. Why is this one not giving off any smell? I'm sure it's being heated to a temparure high enough to release the smell. It passed the saltwater test, distinguishes from copal with the acetone test, and has cracks and chips characteristic of amber. It has a rather large inclusion of half of some species of grasshopper. I've
  18. Hello all. So I recently obtained a new specimen in burmite amber from Mayanmar that I think is particularly interesting. It appears to be some species of early bee. This amber is thought to be from the Cretaceous period which is when bees evolved (in the later half) alongside flowering plants. I found an interesting article that describes one of the earliest bees Melittosphex burmensis. This insect had characteristics of both wasps and bees, and was covered in branched hairs, which is a key characteristic of pollen spreading bees. I researched this species and found that my specimen didn't lo
  19. britishcanuk

    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!
  20. daves64

    Cloudy amber with inclusion

    Hand sanded this small piece of Sumatran cloudy amber after work this morning. Once I was done, I was checking it out with my loupe & found a small inclusion. Not exactly sure if the amber is called cloudy or not, but it LOOKS cloudy & those clouds are kinda beautiful. As for the inclusion, not sure what type of bug it is, but I came awful close to destroying it without realizing it. Just plain dumb luck I stopped when I did. Indonesian black (Sumatran) amber, 28mm long with the bug being just barely 1mm in length. The amber itself is a dark cognac hue.
  21. I need help with this scale pattern. Snake or lizard? Cenomanian cretaceous
  22. rhraby

    Amber inclusion, seed?

    Hello, could anybody help me with identification of this piece poping out of the amber? It's 5mm (0,2 inch) long and at first sight it looks like a seed. I don't know where is this piece of amber from. Thanks for any help.
  23. Still_human

    Amber inclusions info?

    Are things that had been entirely covered by amber(as opposed to only partially, where it would still be exposed at some point), still soft, with moisture, or does amber somehow draw the moisture out of whatever has been sealed inside, drying it/turning it into a husk?
  24. Dear Friends, This time i'd like to show wonderful Snipe Fly, Blood Sucking Fly ( Rhagionidae ) from Eocene age. So perfect after that 40-54 million years. Closeup macro shot i made from 30 stacking photos. I hope in future i can get equipment for making 200-500 shots for focus stacking This fly is not super rare in Baltic amber but in that condition it is ( for that family ). Enjoy Artur
  25. Dear Friends, This time i'd like to show nice Caddis Fly ( Trichoptera ) with amazing colorful eyes. This colour is not seen by eye in normal day light - only gymnasty with illuminator lights under binocular can show it. Its called "structural colour". Definition is here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structural_coloration Its definitely not common in Baltic ambers. Usually Caddis Flies got colorful eyes ( Blue, Green, Lilac ), sometimes Brachycera Flies and i had few times partially colorful spiders. Its nice that we can see colours after 40 million years Enjoy,
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