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The oldest amber recovered dates to the Upper Carboniferous period (320 million years ago). Its chemical composition makes it difficult to match the amber to its producers - it is most similar to the resins produced by flowering plants, which did not evolve until the Jurassic, around 180 million years ago. Amber becomes abundant soon afterwards, in the Early Cretaceous, 150 million years ago, when it is found in association with insects.

The oldest amber recovered, dates to the Upper Carboniferous period million…

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Assassin Flies Found in Burmese Amber. Paleontologists have described a new species of assassin fly found preserved in two pieces of Burmese amber. For more than 100 million years, these creatures have ruled the world of insects as a top predator.

fossilporn:  RARE PRAYING MANTIS IN AMBERMantodea orderOligoceneLa Toca Mines, near Santiago, Dominican Republic

Rare praying mantis in amber - Mantodea order Oligocene La Toca Mines, near Santiago, Dominican Republic

Photo: Anders DaamgaardBaltic amber ball – very rare Cerambycidae – body 6 mm Over a hundred million years ago, tree resin dripped from the trees in a forest. As it dripped and fell to the ground, it covered some insects as they went about their daily life. Not even the dinosaurs roamed then; we have ...

Photo: Anders DaamgaardBaltic amber ball – very rare Cerambycidae – body 6 mm…

Baltic amber (40-50 MYO) - Biting midge (Ceratopogonidae) by leth.damgaard | In #China? Try www.importedFun.com for award winning #kid's #science |

Baltic amber MYO) - whit an iconic and absolut perfect Biting midge (Ceratopogonidae)

Baltic amber (40-50 MYO) - huge rare ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), body 8 mm (in the curled position) - about 11 mm in full length. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Baltic amber MYO) - huge rare ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), body 8 mm (in the curled position) - about 11 mm in full length. by Leth Damgaard.

Insects and spiders in the amber are related to other species found fossilized everywhere from the Dominican Republic to the Baltic.  Around 100 million years ago, the northwest region that is now Gujarat was covered with a rain forest of Dipterocarpaceae, a family of tropical broadleaf trees. The excavation of the amber deposit from that forest has yielded more than 700 arthropods from 55 different genera nmdash; mostly insects, but also spiders and plants.

Insects and spiders in the amber are related to other species found fossilized everywhere from the Dominican Republic to the Baltic.

fossilporn: “The extinct gekko Yantarogekko balticus in 44 million year old baltic amber. While most people think of insects preserved in amber in very rare instances larger animals including small...

fossilporn: “The extinct gekko Yantarogekko balticus in 44 million year old baltic amber. While most people think of insects preserved in amber in very rare instances larger animals including small.

Feathered Dinosaur Tail Found In Perfect Condition In Myanmar. The unique find, preserved in amber, is believed to be more than 99 million years old. Researchers believe the tail belonged to a feathered dinosaur about the size of a sparrow. - ADVERTISEMENT - It was found by Lida Xing, a geoscientist from Beijing, at an amber market in Myitkina in Myanmar “This is the first time we’ve found dinosaur material preserved in amber,” co-author Ryan McKellar, told the BBC

Feathered Dinosaur Tail Found In Perfect Condition In Myanmar. The unique find, preserved in amber, is believed to be more than 99 million years old. Researchers believe the tail belonged to a feathered dinosaur about the size of a sparrow.

via tumblr ianbrooks: Amber Inclusions byAnders Damgaard

Baltic amber MYO) - whit an iconic and absolut perfect Biting midge (Ceratopogonidae)

Amber, these tiny tinted windows to an ancient past have shown us some surprising things, including finely detailed prehistoric animals

Windows On The Past: 7 Amazing Creatures Preserved In Amber

Archaeopteryx fossil

"Evolutionary biology is an extensive interest of mine. This fossil of Archaeopteryx proves the developmental transition of feathered dinosaurs to modern birds.

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