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    Does anyone collect amber with insect and plant inclusions? I recently started and have a few really nice specimens. If anyone wants direction on reputable sources, I can help. There is a lot of fake material out there. One suggestion is an E-bay seller called TerraTreasures. They also have a website www.terratreasures.com. Many pieces are pricey, but at auction you can get some good deals. They start some specimens at $1.01 with no reserve, and I bid and won nice items under $30.
    My chicken legs taste like chicken--only less meaty.

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    This is an item I won on E-Bay:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....MEWN:IT
    My chicken legs taste like chicken--only less meaty.

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    I have a kid who would be interested in something like this. What is the age of that piece? I don't know that you are able to date it but maybe the seller did. We did a quickie search on amber and found this website-
    http://www.emporia.edu/earthsci/amber/amber.htm
    You might want to check it out. It looks neat.

    Also found these-
    http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/amber/
    http://mist.npl.washington.edu/AV/altvw27.html

    And are you sitting down... I just found a dead bug club-
    http://members.tripod.com/~Snakefly/

    I have one little piece of amber that I believe we bought a long time ago in South America. It is rather non descript and has no where near the appeal of the piece you bought on eBay. If I recall I bought it because I liked the way it felt and the color was warm. I haven't seen it in a long time but I think it was oval shaped.

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    Ok, true confession here. I'm a member of the Dead Bug in Amber Club. Go to the site and you'll see my name 'Joe Lavrich' as a member in commerce--that means I was dopey enough to buy stuff. I have a certificate. If you want amber for your son, go to www.ambericawest.com. They have weekly specials that appear usually on Mondays were you can pick up cheap specimens. The Dominican piece you saw is over 20 million years old.

    BTW the piece you have from South America is probably copal--not nearly as old as Dominican amber, but still very cool.
    My chicken legs taste like chicken--only less meaty.

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    Nope, that bug boy doesn't need any more collections. Trust me on this one. Aside from that, he's broke until he gets more birthday money the end of this month. I did like reading about the amber though and so did my husband who is a collector at heart.

    I stand corrected, the piece of amber came from either Barbados, Trinidad, or Tobago. I just found it. I haven't looked at it in years. I remembered it being more attractive than it actually is but that might be because I just saw the photo of the piece you bought at eBay.

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    Here's another amber piece I picked up. This is relatively big for amber--about 2" diameter. Cool looking piece--I'm not sure if paleoentomologists really examined it at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, but...it makes a good story.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....MEWN:IT
    My chicken legs taste like chicken--only less meaty.

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    Ha ha ha! Looking for your name at that site was like "looking for Waldo" but sure enough, you are a bona fide member of the Dead Bug Club in good standing. Don't feel too bad, we were members here for a few years ago when we first purchased "Rosie" and then bought "Roxie".
    http://www.midwestrats.org/

    There, do you feel better now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (LauraZ5 @ April 03 2005,12:29)]There, do you feel better now?
    Much better--now I can finally sleep...
    My chicken legs taste like chicken--only less meaty.

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