Amberica West...........the place for the finest inclusions in Dominican amber (and other ambers).
Noteworthy Specimens: Coprolite..........if you know what that is, read on. This is a beautiful, spherical piece of Dominican amber. It is large, spherical and the coprolite is large. In fact it is large enough that I can confidently say that this is a mammalian coprolite (poop). Probably the finest I have ever seen, this is about .9 inches in diameter. A sure conversation piece, you cannot go wrong with this beauty.
Bottom line, this is really a cool piece.
This item is found on the Dominican amber page, number 11.
Mantids: Order Orthoptera. Mantids (or mantis) are characterized by their lengthened thorax (chest) and a head that can turn 180 degrees. These are so rare in amber that they are prized by collectors. This is a beautiful piece of Mexican (Chiapas) amber that contains a juvenile praying mantis. So seldom are they seen - even rarer is a perfect one that is displayed like this magnificent beauty. The amber is about 2 inches x 1.5 x .3 inches. Very clear and has one of the best praying mantises that I have ever seen. The mantis is a bit over .25 inches and fully extended. This is really a special piece. There is also part of a leaf and a messed up worker ant. Go to the Chiapas amber page and read about this beautiful and rare piece of amber. It is number 18 on the page.
New Amber Page: This is a rather 'different' page. We have selected a small number of spiders in Dominican amber. These can be used BY YOU to be made into a pendant for your significant other (or yourself). Generally what would happen is that you purchase a piece that you like, then take it to a jeweler and have them design (or you) a pendant to put this spider into. Half the fun is sitting down and designing with the artist a pendant that shows the characteristics that you want. Almost any jeweler will set this up for you. Go here for the page.
Interesting Facts About Amber
Some believe that amber has healing powers and the power to ward off evil spirits
Since amber is lighter than salt water, it will float in salt water. Fakes will often sink.
Amber is not a mineral, but the hardened resin of certain trees fossilized over long periods (millions of years) of time. The proper classification for organic gems like coral, pearl, and amber is gem material, not gemstone.
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.
New Flower Species
A Rutgers scientist has identified a flower trapped in ancient amber as belonging to a species completely new to science.
Lena Struwe, professor of botany in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, has discovered that two flowers found encased amber for at least 15 million years belong to none of the known 200 species of the genus Strychnos. Therefore, they represent a newly discovered species, Strychnos electri. Struwe coined the species name in honor of its amber origin, since elektron is the Greek word for amber.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-02-amber-species.html#jCp
Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber
The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar. The full article is found at the BBC.
The stunning discovery helps put flesh on the bones of these extinct creatures, opening a new window on the biology of a group that dominated Earth for more than 160 million years.
Examination of the specimen suggests the tail was chestnut brown on top and white on its underside.
The tail is described in the journal Current Biology.
Specials of the Week
Scientists discover an 'alien' insect in amber from 100 million years ago