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A very clear piece of Chiapas amber containing the rare and highly sought after juvenile mantis - it is as good as they get.  Now, not only is this a superb piece of amber, we are pricing it to sell.  It is not in the normal thousand to two range, we intend to sell it so someone can give this as a Christmas gift, or birthday or just a special occasion.   Usually you cannot even find something like this to buy, much less at the price that we are offering it.

We are offering this at a Christmas price.  Check the web page and see.

Mantids (or mantis) are characterized by a lengthened thorax (chest) and a head that can turn 180 degrees.  They typically carry their barbed front legs in an attack position. It looks like a praying position, giving them the nick They could very well be called the "preying mantis" because they are fierce and fearless, attacking prey insects to small animals like lizards.

 

Unbelievable.  This is the best mosquito, family Culicidae, I have ever seen.  It is in Chiapas amber - and it is perfect.  Mosquitoes are so very hard to find since they are not attracted to the odoriferous sticky resin from trees.  As you and I both know, they are attracted by heat and CO2 (us). Because they are not attracted to the smelly resin, they are seldom 'caught' in the resin and even less often turned into amber.  Rare and perfect.

This can be found here (number 82)

In the Dominican Republic and Mexico, the tree that produced the copious amounts of resin that eventually became amber is from the Hymenaea tree, Hymenaea protea.  This amber dates from Oligocene to Miocene, thus it is about 25 million years old.  Please note that complete botanical inclusions are rare in amber.  This is the complete leaf in all it's glory.  Perfectly preserved and large....the leaf is 2.25 inches long, which the entire piece of amber is about 4 x 3 inches.  The amber weights 111 grams (almost a quarter of a pound).  This is a giant piece of Chiapas amber, a real winner in everyone's collection.

This is #31 on this page (really the bottom of the page).

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.

News   Flash:

Current World prices of Raw Amber

Here are the current world market prices for raw amber.  This was taken from the journal called Baltic Jewellery News, October  2018.   Interesting to look at what the wholesale prices are for Baltic amber in Europe.

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Baby snake in Mayanmar Amber

"This is the very first baby snake fossil that we have ever found," Prof Michael Caldwell of the University of Alberta in Canada told BBC News..

The baby snake lived in the forests of Myanmar during the Cretaceous period. It has been given the name, Xiaophis Myanmarensis, or dawn snake of Myanmar.

A second amber fossil was discovered, which appears to contain part of the shed skin of another much larger snake. It is unclear whether this is a member of the same species

Information from this short blib came from BBC News.

 

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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