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Photos: Insects Trapped in Amber Offer a Glimpse of Prehistoric Bug Life | 80beats | Discover Magazine

An excavation in western India has led to the discovery of more than 700 ancient insects, arachnids and crustaceans, and many plant, floral and fungal remains.

The researchers discovered the creatures while doing a survey of the lifeforms encased in 70,000 droplets, each just a few millimeters in diameter. The amber comes from the Heiligkreuz Formation in northeastern Italy, and it contains plenty of microorganisms, such as bacteria and algae, that make it clear that the droplets formed during the Triassic era, 250 to 200 million years ago.

Caught in Time: The Oldest Bugs Ever Preserved in Amber: 230 million year old.

... Metropolitan University have carried out the first comparative scientific study of ancient spiders trapped in amber more than 30 millions years ago.

Metropolitan University have carried out the first comparative scientific study of ancient spiders trapped in amber more than 30 millions years ago.

Ámbar en India con insectos conservados durante 50 millones de años

Ámbar en India con insectos conservados durante 50 millones de años

A 23 million-year-old lizard belonging to a new species has been found in Chiapas, Mexico. Trapped in a fossilized amber deposit, the soft tissue of the vertebrae has remained entombed in the small piece of resin since prehistoric times.

A 23 million-year-old lizard belonging to a new species has been found in Chiapas, Mexico. Trapped in a fossilized amber deposit, the soft tissue of the vertebrae has remained entombed in the small piece of resin since prehistoric times.

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