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  1. Hello, Just wanted to ask for opinions on whether this is a female mosquito in Burmese Amber? I’ve attached some pictures below and closeup (best quality I can get) From what I’ve been told, this particular mosquito is a female using the branched antennae to identify it as a female. Males have a much more plumose (feather-like) antennae. Female mosquitoes are known for drawing blood to produce their eggs, hence this mosquito would have been capable of drawing blood. Please note its long proboscis it would have used to draw blood. It also has fine hairs on its wings characteristic of true mosquitoes (aids in producing the buzzing sound). And also that novices may sometimes mistake some gnats and midges for mosquitoes. A closer examination will reveal the differences. Male mosquitoes have very plumose (feather-like) antennae and do not bite; they feed on nectar and other plant juices. Females have only a few short hairs on the antennae and with their long proboscis are blood-sucking. Appreciate any opinions, thanks in advance!
  2. Vopros

    Is this a coprolite?

    I bought this rock online auction site. it was sold as a Permian Coprolite with bones from Oklahoma. it is 2 cm long. The last 5 images are microscopic. what do you think?
  3. Geojonser

    Chert fossils, inclusions

    Hello After doing some reseaech on some big Chert nodules given to me...I went back through some Chert that I found along the northern North Sea coast of The Netherlands... I really like Chert...I have always been curious about mineral inclusions and/or fossils in Chert...I am having trouble finding laymans info on the subject...the info I do find is a bit overwhelming... Im hoping someone could help me out identifying some of the things that I am seeing in my pieces...I have pointed to points of interest to me... I have posted the photos twice...one in natural light and the one darkened...all the same stone...4" x 3" (10x7.5cm) I see lots of pattern in these pieces...Plant, animal, bubble, scratch, fracture?...too much info...Im unsure... This next photos are interesting to me because the area that I point to (this?) is the outside of the nodule and the grouping of grains (?) Seem to me to possibly be some of what I am looking at on the broken and, by nature, polised sides in the previous photos... The next photos are of a different piece of Chert that had been painted...I am a bit weary about using paint remover on it...concerned about discoloring it...I wiil experiment on a flake later... Anyway...also 4" x 3"... next are 2" x 3"...same side at two different angles... I appreciate any help identifying the "spots" in these two stones...if someone knows a link to a "identify-stuff-in-chert/flint" resource for a lay-person, that would also be greatly appreciated... Thanks in advance for your time
  4. I like buying polished jasper and agate slabs to take pictures of the colorful inclusions in them. Below is a plume agate slab from Indonesia with some really unusual inclusions. Can I get some help identifying the three numbered inclusions? Mineral, plant, algae, pollen, fungus, bacteria? Indonesian plume agate slab, Karang Jaya region in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia (76 grams 3.75x2.25x.25 inches) A couple of typical closeup pictures from the slab Item 1 for ID (these inclusions may be thick dendrites that I haven't seen before) Item 2 for ID (looks almost plant like) Item 3 (orange, round, bumpy inclusion) for ID (I've not seen an inclusion in agate like this before) Marco Sr.
  5. Yoda

    Amber with cracks

    Question for the Amber experts : Recently I was looking at some of my Amber (Burmite) with inclusions with my magnifying glass Quite a few of them have internal cracks. Is this likely to become a problem some time in the future ? Are the cracks likely to develop further ? And possibly ruin the piece ? Any way of preventing that ? Soaking in some sort of consolidant or oil ?
  6. Brandy Cole

    Petrified Wood with Inclusions?

    I found this piece a while back and picked it up due to its strange shape even though I couldn't identify it. I've mostly focused on learning how to ID Pleistocene fauna since that's mostly what I find. But now I'm trying to learn more about other things I may be overlooking. In several views, this looks like petrified wood to me. But the back view makes it look like it could just be weirdly shaped chert. One way or another, I haven't found anything quite like it. Hoping someone can help. @JohnJ Pic 1: Front Pic 2: Front view from the bottom Pic 3: Front view from the top Pic 4: Top Pic 5: Back Pic 6: Bottom with Inclusions Pic 7: Side view with close-up of Inclusions Pic 8: Opposite side view
  7. ZacMan77


    This was given to my parents by a friend about 38 years ago. He was a gemologist and my parents had purchased quite a few items in his store throughout the years. It was a going away gift when they were leaving the Vail Valley, Colorado. It's been sitting in storage until last year. Since I've had it, I've gotten a lot of scrutiny and assumptions of it being a fake or whatever. I know it's real and significant. Any thoughts from members would be so appreciated. I'm stuck and don't know where to go from here. Specs: 2.2 inches in length and weighs 19.87 grams.
  8. Lone Hunter

    Concretion or coprolite?

    Picked this up in creek that is mostly Eagle Ford but is downstream from where it cuts through QAL. Pretty sure it's a concretion but given it has a few inclusions want to make sure it's not coprolite, and yes I read the post on the subject but still left me unsure so best to leave it up to the experts!
  9. I have 1kg of rough Burmese amber stones ready to polish but I'm a little stumped as to where to start. I've polished Dominican pieces before using a dremel and wet sandpaper with success, but this stuff is older and much harder. In addition to the thin rough skin on these pieces, a lot have rock (or some combination of amber/earth) running through them making it difficult to figure out the plan of attack in regard to finding inclusions and getting a nice shine. Anyone here have experience with this?
  10. Ralenka

    ID rock inclusions

    Found this rock (upstate NY, Tompkins county). Main rock seems to be shale, but what are the black inclusions in it? The rock on the last picture is different. Is that print from an organism, or just a rock structure? Thanks!
  11. This research took several years and is still ongoing. We have two binders full of electronic scans trying to figure this material out, most are edx but we've also used xrf, xrd, Raman and S.E.M Have contacted several geologist and the first thing they say is that nature does not produce such metals, only as oxides. I totally agree with that but for some reason, nature doesn't. To date the scans have detected over 24 different metals in the stones from that area, some I'm told in their pure elemental form. Below are a few examples of the actual scan results. The last five pictures are of metals that were found as inclusions in stones, came across a lot of the little metallic spheres.
  12. Roy1

    Rock identity?

    Moderately heavy rock ( not volcanic) with very rough surface, with interesting inclusions. Found in Osage River valley (an arm of Lake of the Ozarks) in Benton County, MISSOURI ( west central MO). If anyone has an idea what this is, I’ll send more pictures.
  13. Ramon


    From the album: Beetle

    A small beetle exquisitely preserved in 99 million year old Burmese amber.
  14. Yoda

    Inclusions in paving slabs

    I have just gotten back from a two week holiday in Majorca, Spain. We stayed in a self catering apartment. The area around the swimming pool was paved with what looks like sandstone slabs to me. There were shell fragments in all of them. Most were very indistinct, but there was a little detail in in some. No idea where these slabs would have been sourced from. Are these actually fossils??
  15. I found this 3 cm long x 2 cm wide x 1-1/2 cm thick curved rock just last week on a southeast Florida beach near the town of Jupiter. Our beaches have a lot of fossil shells, bones and teeth. This nugget was different from my usuals finds- larger and softer looking than a shell fossil. It has a smooth fine grained texture and the end looks “pulled”, not broken. Thoughts?
  16. Amber Fluid Neutral

    Cretaceous mushroom in amber????

    I need help in identifying this. Is it a mushroom in Cretaceous burmese amber? Cenomanian burmite from machine state?
  17. 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?
  18. Crewof72

    Texas Mystery

    I'm a new member, so thanks for accepting me. My family and I have hunted for fossils, arrow heads, and sharks teeth for many years. It has been a way to pass the time on hunting leases and on the beach. It has always been a hobby, we have never worried about identification of any particular piece...until recently. Being retired, I started going through our collection, just for the heck of it. I found this piece that we have always been curious about. It was found in a creek bed on a ranch near Sonora, Texas, in northern Schleicher County. It was found 6-7 years ago, we leased the property for deer hunting for four years. With all that said, I posted pictures of it on a FB group. It has been called a "cone in cone" structure, an unknown type fossil, and a man made fake. The post on FB has been entertaining to say the least. One person responding recommended this group so here I am. I am in the Houston area so I would be willing to take it somewhere for a better look. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
  19. Hey Finally I have managed to find ways to take a zoomed up pics of my baltic amber to get a better view of the inclusions inside (trying to angle an iPhone camera on a loupe to get a good pic wasn't an easy task...), though I really have no idea of what they are. Anyway here are the pics of the amber inclusions: Specimen A: Specimen B: Specimen C: Specimen D - This one is a tubular amber with a few different kind of inclusions inside: Specimen E - Another specimen with multiple inclusions: Last time the pics I posted in my old thread weren't any good to help ID the specimens inside, hopefully this time these pics will do better. Thx a lot guys
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