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Cretaceous mushroom in amber????


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Amber Fluid Neutral

I need help in identifying this. 

Is it a mushroom in Cretaceous burmese amber? Cenomanian burmite from machine state?

 

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Looks more leaf-like than mushroom-like, to me. :unsure: 

Wait for some more informed opinions. 

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Amber Fluid Neutral

Look at the stem in the bottom photo.  It looks fungus like.  The cap may look crushed and jagged. 

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I agree with plant piece(s). I do not see any of the structures normally associated with mushrooms.

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On 11/8/2018 at 2:19 PM, Amber Fluid Neutral said:

Look at the stem in the bottom photo.  It looks fungus like.  The cap may look crushed and jagged. 

 If you are talking about the feature I've circled in red here:

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That looks more like a conchoidal fracture within the amber itself, to me. :unsure: 

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I can only rely on photos. So i cannot confirm if it is a fracture. You see, my provider sent me the photos.  50 dollars and its mine 

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I'm not a Burmese amber specialist, but I think Tim is right with the conchoidal fractures.
Do you have any genera name for the supposed mushroom / fungus?

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I'm seeing 4 fractures in pic 2 right there with the inclusion. The 2 on the right angle in to the left & the 2 on the left angle in to the right. Much more depth for them, they could pop most of the inclusion out. I've been working amber here & there lately by hand & see them all the time (the fractures, not the inclusions, although I have found an ant in one & what appears to be a wasp in another). I'm working with Indonesian Black Amber, so it's quite a bit darker than the Baltic or Burmese amber. 

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I'm with most of the other replies, here. I don't see anything in that amber that really looks like a mushroom to me. I see fractures and a mass of organic debris. The kind of fuzzy-looking pink colored stuff superficially looks like it could be gills, but I don't think that's an actual fungus. There's no clear structures that I can see.

 

Even if it were, it appears as if it is probably too mangled to make a definite identification. Maybe some clearer photos would help, but that's what I'm going with presently.

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That is fine.  The seller is nice and will reserve it for me until i make up my mind.  A mushroom in amber is very serious business and one must not be hasty.  I find amber to be a step above all other fossils.  It is an elite class. I have collected cretaceous New Jersey amber so i am a collector as well as a buyer. All other fossils just don't make the cut. Make sure to follow me.  More amber fossils on the way. 

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3 hours ago, Amber Fluid Neutral said:

All other fossils just don't make the cut.

My dino teeth collection do make the cut.......

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Lol, but seriously, fossils that have been replaced by minerals cannot compete with unchanged organisms dessicated and preserved in amber.  

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3 hours ago, Amber Fluid Neutral said:

Lol, but seriously, fossils that have been replaced by minerals cannot compete with unchanged organisms dessicated and preserved in amber.  

I will say organisms in amber are some of the best preserved but amber has a restricted range of age. Can't get Cambrian trilobites in amber.;)

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I’m lukewarm on amber fossils. Trilobites, on the other hand... :D Thankfully, there is no “competition” or objective ranking of what are the “best” fossils. All are potentially scientifically significant. Besides, the world would be a dull place if we all liked the same things. :P

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Never seen amber with iridescent ammonite shell in it either.

Amber is nice (especially with bugs in it), but other fossils can be prettier.

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5 hours ago, ynot said:

Never seen amber with iridescent ammonite shell in it either.

Amber is nice (especially with bugs in it), but other fossils can be prettier.

Well, not that it is a contest, amber has a very strong case, first of all, there is no mineral replacement, it preserves animals without the need of a lake bed environment and most importantly it preserves land flora and fauna; regardless of how beautiful ammolites are, it is the only organic semi precious jewel produced from a land bound organism. With burmese amber we now see gastropod shells and sea piddocks in it.  

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