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.
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.
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.
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, October 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.