Chiapas Amber (Mexico)
Possibly the finest specimens of a fly that I have ever seen, Diptera, Brachycera. This fly is perfect, there is even a wing pattern that is easily seen. On a 24 million year specimen, you just do not see wing patterns. Everything else about this piece is quality. The fly is large, all details are just remarkable, even the scales on the wings. This is truly a museum specimen. There is even a small primitive fly, Nematocera right next to the giant to give you a perspective.
Earwigs are rare - very rare in amber. But here is the jackpot - you can see the wings! It is not difficult at all to identify earwigs, as they have scissor-like tails, this one appears to be a female. This is the first time I have ever been lucky enough to see the wings wide open - just an extremely rare event. Needless to say, this is a fine specimen and as rare as they get.
Did the picture catch your eye? Sometimes the impossible just takes a little while longer. This was worth the wait. I am sure you know that amber is not found in aquatic situations since it 'drips' off trees. To find aquatic animals in amber is such a rarity that this is the first time for us. This piece is about 1.5 x 1 x .3 inches. The amber is very clear. The amber is 'in-situ' - that is, it is on a rock, a heavy rock at that. There are about 5 barnacles in the amber, yes this is real. I do not ever remember reading about barnacles found in amber. This may be a fist in history. The barnacles are actually easy to see. This is a magnificent piece with a rarity that seldom comes along. Scientifically, this is worthy of a paper.
This is another great tear drop shaped piece. In particular, this would be beautiful made into a pendant (hint...). There is the outside portion of a flower. Not only that, but there is a piece of moss near the bottom. How cool to give your girlfriend (or wife) flowers for her birthday.
This is a big chunk of amber. It weighs 42 grams and man is it loaded. By far, the biggest ticket item is the Whip-scorpion, Order Amblypygi. It is a large animal in this amber, not only large, but VERY rare. Its first pair of legs are thin and long as a whip; little is known about their function. If you are a whip-scorpion expert, you might be able to ID this animal by the pedipalpal patella: they are unusual, even for this rare animal. The animal is abut 3/4 inch long. Tailless whip-scorpions have a normal habitat in the tropical rain forests, they are rarely ever found in amber. But there is even more here. Off on the other side is a large cricket and near the cricket is the head of an ant who must have been in a battle.....and lost. There is what looks like the remains of a spider and some more remains that I cannot identify. Also there are a few other ants, different species. One of which has the thinnest and longest legs I have ever seen. There is the back end of a silverfish. If you haven't figured it out by now, this is a very special piece of amber, large with very rare animals.
I think this is a toe-winged beetle, Coleoptera, Ptilodactylidae. This is a very uncommon beetle to find in amber. This is most likely a male since the antennae are pectinate. These antennae are particularly large and branched. The details of the wings are very impressive. In fact everything about this beetle is impressive. Not far from the beetle is a nice large leaf. This is a really good piece.
This is different, here is a piece of amber that shows the results of shipworms (Pholadidae, Bivalvia)---- really. These animals are lithophages, that is they need hard substrate to feed on. It can be either a stone or wood or even plastic for some species. The conical things with spherical ends are just the trace of activities of those animals. So the trace begins with a small holes and the animal grow inside it. Each time it is grows it eats the substrate beneath and as it is growing in size so the galleries are conical shaped. The animal should lives in the spherical end which grows toward the center of the substrate, that is why you see scratches of radula as the animal acts like a drill. Moreover you can be sure after seeing the traces of the radula (scratches). Those traces are surface borings filled later by the sediments where the bored amber pebble was finally deposited.
This is just a cool piece. It has two bubbles within bubbles (en-hydro). There is water in this piece that is 20 million years old. A small, but powerful piece. You can actually see the bubbles move - just cool. Just think that if you broke this open and released the ancient water, you may be releasing viruses or bacteria that might wipe out humanity...............
If this picture does not catch your eye, just go on to another one. You may recognize this as a square headed ant, Hymenoptera, Myrmicinae, genus Zacryptocerus. These are workers who block the entrance with their square heads. Like a string "gate" they plug the entrance. Only the right password (signal or phermones) will allow entry.
Three guesses as to what this is - and the first two do not count. Yes, this is a crop of hair - mammalian hair. You can even see what I am going to guess as 'hair roots'. The hair is uniform, slightly kinky and just thrilling to look at. Just imagine that 20 million years ago a small mammal pushed up against some stick resin and when it pulled away, left some of the hairs from its body. How cool - I would love to know what animal this was. There is an unknown fly and a head of an ant in this amber also. For the quality of this specimen, the price is very good. By the way, the shape of this lends itself to be made into a pendant, that would be unreal.
A great piece of Chiapas amber that has a green tone to it. Green is rather rare. I was told that the light colored area is a genus of true oxysters in the family Crassostrea. While I can see why the miner said that, I have my doubts. This piece weights a whopping 196 grams. It is almost 5 x 3 x 1 inches....so this is a very large chunk.
Monster Amber Specimen
Large is an understatement. This is huge. In fact it is the largest piece of Mexican amber that I have ever seen (or even heard of). It weighs 8.12 kg (17.1 pounds).....really. In fact I am going to say that this is the largest piece of Mexican amber, anywhere. The pieces are normally just small, this one is a behemoth. If anyone does know of a largest specimen, I would like to know it.
This is a world class museum specimen. It is something like 15 inches x 5 inches x 10 inches.
Not only is it large (understatement), but it is clear throughout. Using the light, this is a solid, VERY clear, just a magnificent piece of amber. The pictures are amazing of this special piece.
Truly the highlight of anyone's collection, this will hold the supreme spot for amber, anywhere - even in the largest of museums. We are so happy to be able to offer this at a very good price. This should retail for around $11 USD per gram, so one could even purchase this, turn around and sell it for a large profit. We did get this at a great price so we can turn around and offer it to you at a very impressive price for this museum specimen.
Right now this specimen is in Germany for a temporary exhibit at a museum.
44.5 grams of pure, clear, Chiapas amber. It is about 2.5 x 2.5 x .3 inches in size. There is a platypodid beetle and a number of different gnats, the beauty of this is not in the inclusions, but the clarity and 'plain' beauty of the piece. This is sold more on the weight than the specimens inside.