Might have found something trapped in amber


Aug 23, 2019
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I don't really know much about amber but out of curiosity... where did you find/get it?

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I think it's an interesting find, but I'm having trouble seeing what's trapped in your amber. :dontknow:
I don't think you want to be spending any money to get this analyzed, but you might want to consider contacting a museum in your area that specializes in paleontology.


"Paleontology is the scientific study of life that existed prior to, and sometimes including, the start of the Holocene Epoch.
It includes the study of fossils to determine organisms' evolution and interactions with each other and their environments."

Missouri Institute of Natural Science
Springfield, MO.

Dinosaur Museum
Branson, MO.

Bollinger County Museum of Natural History
Marble Hill, MO.


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Given the responses above, are you trying to determine: 1) if the specimen is real amber or; 2) the ID of whatever is trapped inside?

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Dino DNA -cool -:occasion14:

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I found it here in a creek in Missouri sorry for the bad pics best i can do rn. I was wondering if anyone could tell what it might be, both inside and what the rock itself might be. Aswell as tips for getting it researched by a more professional person then myself.

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Huh, I never knew amber could be found in the US, but guess you can, with the most abundant finds in Arkansas. I think it looks like a bedbug in there.

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There is an awesome amber hunting spot in central NJ. Turned up tons of great pieces but so far no bugs.

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Hi, my uneducated opinion is that the darker area towards in the center may be where the amber(?) is thicker than along the edges. The 3 darkest spots could be bark fragments or who knows what. You might want to post this in the Rocks/Gems forum at Rocks/Gems. Alternatives include: 1) If you have a college or a natural history museum nearby, I'd show it to a Geologist. 2) If there is a rock/gem show in your area, show it to some of the vendors.

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Try a hardness test. Amber is very soft and light in the hand when com paired to a similar stone. You found it in Missouri, not known for amber but there is another mineral that can look just like that~ chalcedony a quartz group member. A hardness test will tell you quickly enough. To me it looks like a nodule of clear amber colored chalcedony or agate both of which are common.

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Amber Info

America: Amber can be found (or was found) in some U.S. States. Arkansas is known as the largest deposit of amber (with interesting inclusions) in North America. New Jersey amber also preserves a lot of different inclusions of insects and plants. The Dominican Republic is famous for its "blue amber", which fluoresces blue or green shades when exposed to UV light. Today this "blue amber" is the most expensive and sought-after amber worldwide. Other deposits in America are in Mexico, Canada and Greenland.
* Photo: www.palaeontologische-gesellschaft.de

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