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Chiapas Amber

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 amber page 1,  number 11.

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

Madagascar copal is not rare, although it is not commonly found for sale.  What is rare is a real lizard for sale. This lizard is a gecko, about 1.5 inches long.  We know that this is hard to believe, but it is real.  The lizard is full and complete, showing great details of skin.....just amazing.  This is from the Pliocene Epoch (which is about 2.58 to 5.33 million years ago).  It is not considered amber, but copal.  This is a particularly fine specimen.  We just picked this up from a French antiquities dealer in Poland.  It is really a good piece at a great price.  Go here to see the pictures.

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 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.

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

Ever wondered what the area around the mines of the Dominican Republic look like:

Amber Mine in the Dominican Republic

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