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A VERY impressive chunk of Chiapas amber.  This piece is about 8 inches x 6 inches x 2 inches.  It weights 1,179 grams.  that is about 2.5 pounds of amber.  Not only is this perfect and large BUT it is clear.  Look at the images (and movie) - the clarity will knock your socks off.  This type of clear amber is seldom found. Needless to say that this size makes it the find of the year.  You could even carve this piece into a large, clear carving.   This is a very large and very rare huge specimen of amber. It is offered for 'only' $6 per gram.

This item is found on the Chiapas amber page 1,  number 28 (bottom of the page).

Mosquito: Mosquitoes are members of the insect Family Culicidae. Insects, belonging to this family possess paired scaled wings, paired halteres, slender bodies, and long legs. They belong to the insect Order Diptera (“true flies”). Mosquitoes are similar to flies though. The differences among the two insects include: scales on the wings of mosquitoes, longer legs and female mosquitoes possessing a long mouth part called proboscis in the female, used for piercing their victim’s skin. The males do not have the proboscis - so when you get bitten by a mosquito, you are being bitten by a female. This specimen is number 22 on the page

What a tail

Madagascar copal is not rare, although it is not commonly found for sale.  What is rare is a real lizard for sale.  This is a large chunk of copal.  It is about 4 x 3 x .5 inches in size.  The copal is clear and rather lovely.  Near the middle is the distal 1/2 inch of a lizard tail.  The lizard is unknown.  In addition there are a number of scuttle cf flies, many worker ants, a few midges, 2 bark-louses', a click beetle and more.  It is fun to look at all the animals.  

News   Flash:

Dominican Republic Halts Amber Extraction (Oct 2016)

Santiago.-  Environment Ministry officials accompanied by military personnel on Thursday halted all extraction of the semiprecious stone amber, to prevent further ecological damage at the Septentrional (northern) range.

The full article can be found here.

Wieslaw Giertowsk

A picture of the late Wieslaw Giertowsk in Poland and Doug Lundberg.  Mr. Giertowsk is probably one of the most respected amber individuals in the world.

Dinosaur's were plagued by ticks.

Feathered dinosaurs were covered in ticks just like modern animals, fossil evidence shows.

Parasites similar to modern ticks have been found inside pieces of amber from Myanmar dating back 99 million years.

One is entangled with a dinosaur feather, another is swollen with blood, and two were in a dinosaur nest.

Scientists say the discovery, which has echoes of Jurassic Park, is the first direct fossil evidence that ticks fed on the blood of dinosaurs.  The BBC page has an article on this.

Specials of the Week

For amber specials, go here:

Scientists discover an 'alien' insect in amber from 100 million years ago

8th International Conference on Fossil Insects Arthropods and Amber in Santo Domingo, 2019:

Amber Mine in the Dominican Republic

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