Amber with Insect


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Amber with Insect

The Science

Amber is fossilized resin from pine trees which grew in prehistoric forests. Resin running down a tree occasionally trapped small insects and preserved them for the ages. Mosquitoes trapped in amber were the source of dinosaur DNA in the film Jurassic Park. Our amber is not old enough to contain Dinosaur DNA (and mosquitoes are quite scarce in Baltic Amber), but we have hand-selected each piece to contain an interesting insect, and mounted it in a one-inch plastic magnifying box for close examination.

Baltic amber dates from the Eocene Epoch (55-40 million years ago), and the study of insects encased in this amber provides science with a wonderful window into a world that otherwise might never have been known.

Thousands of archeological findings in Central Europe have shown that Baltic amber was used by prehistoric humans for personal embellishment and religious rituals!

The Story

Sold singly, each piece is different and individual shapes, color and inclusions vary, but your piece will resemble the pictured examples.

SKU: FO-AM0001
Dimensions: 1.5"L x 1.5"W x 1.5"H
Origin: Baltics
Period: Eocene Epoch
Age: 40 to 55 Million Years
Shipping Restrictions: None.
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  • 5
    Wonderful Gift

    Posted by Mark Young on Jan 6th 2018

    Exactly as advertised, a small bit of amber with a bug inside! Gave one to each of my my college age kids, they were very excited to own something approx 40M years old! The plastic cube works well for magnified viewing.

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