This is a nearly complete lizard in Chiapas amber. Found this year (2018) near Simojovel, in Chiapas Mexico, this is an impressive piece. A little over an inch in length, you can see the outline of the body, some vertebrae, arm bones, and even some of the head bone structure. The entire piece of amber is about 2 x .5 x .25 inches.
This item is found on the Chiapas amber lizard page.
Berothidae is very closely related to the thorny lacewings which are often included in the Berothidae as subfamily "Rhachiberothinae". They are also occasionally considered to be the distinct family Rhachiberothidae or included as a subfamily in the mantidflies.
I love this piece. Here is a worker ant that no one in their right minds would bother. The jaws on this guy are just plain impressive. This is a trap door ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae:Ponerinae. Trap door ants have jaws that will close at 145 mpg. These ants are rarely found in amber, an even rarely found in such good shape - this one is perfect. There is a nice piece of wood near the head of this defender ant.
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.
Here are the current world market prices for raw amber. This was taken from the journal called Baltic Jewellery News, March 2018. Interesting to look at what the wholesale prices are for Baltic amber in Europe.
Specials of the Week
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.