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

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

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.

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.

Sadigh Gallery's Prehistoric Insect In Amber

Sadigh Gallery's Prehistoric Insect In Amber

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 (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.

Russian Amber Jewelry | ... Big': Prehistoric lizard insect in amber Jewelry 12 Million Years Old

Russian Amber Jewelry | ... Big': Prehistoric lizard insect in amber Jewelry 12 Million Years Old

Ámbar en India con insectos conservados durante 50 millones de años

Ámbar en India con insectos conservados durante 50 millones de años

Ancient Tree Frog Found Encased in Amber

Ancient Tree Frog Found Encased in Amber

Fossilized fairy in Amber. I wish this was real. I HOPE this is real. ;-)

Fossilized fairy in Amber. I wish this was real. I HOPE this is real. ;-)

Yellow baltic amber with insect inclusions

Yellow baltic amber with insect inclusions

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