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Welcome to TerraTreasures and Adventures101 Amber pages. We offer museum quality Dominican amber with insects for sale and also rare Dominican blue amber for sale. Our collections include museum quality display specimens of rare insects in amber, unusual botanicals and flowers in amber and also rare Dominican blue amber. We have been collecting amber in the field since 1993, including extensive excavations in New Jersey, North Carolina, Wyoming, several localities in Alaska, and of course many many trips to the Dominican Republic where we have chiseled out beautiful Dominican amber gemstones in small hand excavated tunnels deep into the rich amber veins way up in the mountains north of Santiago. We have some cool photos of the Dominican amber mines and some short video links of us chiseling out amber gemstones in the amber mines and we have some neat information about amber research on Dominican amber, Dominican blue amber and ambers found throughout the world. Enjoy!
latest update June 2017 - We just returned from collecting Eocene amber in the southern part of the United States, we have some interesting inclusions we've found and will post photos shortly. Also - another fantastic bird specimen from Burmese amber, by the same authors that published on the bird wing from last year.
Abstract: "Burmese amber has recently provided some detailed glimpses of plumage, soft tissues, and osteology of juvenile enantiornithine birds, but these insights have been restricted to isolated wing apices. Here we describe nearly half of a hatchling individual, based on osteological and soft tissue data obtained from the skull, neck, feet, and wing, and identified as a member of the extinct avian clade Enantiornithes. Preserved soft tissue provides the unique opportunity to observe the external opening of the ear, the eyelid, and fine details of tarsal scutellation. The new amber specimen yields the most complete view of hatchling plumage and integument yet to be recovered from the Cretaceous, including details of pterylosis, feather microstructure, and pigmentation patterns. The hatchling was encapsulated during the earliest stages of its feather production, providing a point for comparisons to other forms of body fossils, as well as isolated feathers found in Cretaceous ambers. The plumage preserves an unusual combination of precocial and altricial features unlike any living hatchling bird, having functional remiges combined with sparse body feathers. Unusual feather morphotypes on the legs, feet, and tail suggest that first generation feathers in the Enantiornithes may have been much more like contour feathers than the natal down observed in many modern birds. However, these regions also preserve filamentous feathers that appear comparable to the protofeathers observed in more primitive theropods. Overall, the new specimen brings a new level of detail to our understanding of the anatomy of the juvenile stages of the most species-rich clade of pre-modern birds and contributes to mounting data that enantiornithine development drastically differed from that of Neornithes."
Latest update July 2016 - We are planning our next trip to the Dominican Republic for next month. We'd like to share a few research papers that have been published recently - some of this inclusions being found in 99.8 million year old Burmese (Myanmar) amber are just fantastic and worthy of a read. Note the below:
Flying Dinosaur feathers found in Burmese amber (click on the image below)
Latest update June 2014 - We have just returned from excavating amber in the Dominican Republic again!, this is our 2nd trip in 2 months and we plan another before the end of the summer. We excavated in the Palo Quemado, Los CaCaos and La Bucara amber mines. This was a good trip with Justin and Tyler Mitnick. This was Tyler's first trip to the Dominican amber mines. The weather was fantastic with no rain so Los CaCaos was dry but the entrance shafts are straight down using rope ladders. They are moving lots of earth at La Bucara and many miners are working there. We'll post some photos soon along with some cool amber inclusions!
Some photos from our 2 collecting trips in 2017 to the American south midwest:
March 2014 - We have just returned from excavating amber in the Dominican Republic. We excavated in the Los CaCaos, La Bucara and La Cumbre amber mines. This was a good trip, we collected both blue and fossil yellow amber from the same layers in La Cumbre, lots of gemmy amber from La Bucara. There is amazing work being done in the mountains north and east of Santiago We'll post some photos soon along with some cool amber inclusions!
September 2012 - We have just returned from excavating amber in the Dominican Republic. We excavated in the Los CaCaos, La Toca, La Cumbre, La Bucara and Palo Alto amber mines. This was a good trip, we collected both blue and fossil yellow amber from the same layers in La Cumbre, lots of gemmy amber from La Bucara and black amber from La Toca. The tunnels in the La Toca amber mines are very very deep, there are sometimes less than 2 1/2 feet high with barely enough room for 2 people to crawl in side by side and over 300 meters deep - not for the claustrophobic at all! We'll post some photos soon along with some cool amber inclusions.
update February 2012 - We have just returned from collecting cambay amber in India with the American Museum of Natural History. We will be posting new collecting photos soon. To see photos of our previous collecting trip to India in 2010 visit this link http://www.cambayamber.com
update June 2010 - We have just returned from collecting amber in the America Midwest with the American Museum of Natural History. We have been collecting amber and other fossils out west since 1997. This trip we found many beautiful gemstones and will be posting a few photos and some data shortly.
update January 2010
- We have just returned from collecting amber in Asia with the American
Museum of Natural History. We have found many beautiful gemstones and
will be posting a few photos and some data shortly. Hopefully we'll have
some papers to link by mid July 2010.
December 2005 - We have just added links to our New Jersey Amber Pages, our Wyoming Amber Pages and our Alaskan Amber Pages. Very have hundreds of photographs of our collecting friends, the amber excavations, the amber specimens and of course the amber inclusions. Many of our New Jersey amber photos are from the very early days of 1993 through 1998 pre digital so please keep that in mind when viewing these photos that are fairly old, enjoy!
August 30, 2004 - We have
just returned from another collecting trip in the Dominican Republic.
In the mountains there are less and less miners actually working in the
amber mines and as we suspected the miners are finding little 1st quality
blue amber, and little amber in general, we excavated in 3 mines at La
Cumbre and found almost nothing of significance. The miners have reopened
some old workings at La Toca, however as always La Toca has the highest
percentage of oxidized amber, whereas La Cumbre and Palo Quemado have
the highest percentage of 1st quality fossiliferous gemstones, although
we did see some very large amber stones from La Toca that the miners brought
to us while we were excavating in La Cumbre. We have returned with some
very nice large amber gemstones from La Cumbre barren of fossils but wonderful
for jewelry work, and some very nice fossil gemstones, including an exceptional
feather, a large Cerambycid, several snails and some cool flies with our
paleoentomologist friends at the American Museum of Natural History will
examine and identify.
July 30, 2004 - A slow moving landslide caused by floods in late spring of 2005 have destroyed the homes of some 40 miners near Palo Quemado and La Nueva Toca amber mines. No one was injured and all have moved. The mine workings are now covered by tons of dirt on the roadside of the mountain. We have several hundred new specimens that we are preparing and photographing and will be offering soon, including some very unusual spiders.
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