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World’s Oldest Animal Sperm Trapped in Amber

An international collaboration between researchers at Queen Mary University of London and the Chinese Academy of Science in Nanjing has led to the discovery...

The oldest known sperm cells

An international team of paleontologists has discovered giant sperm cells in a 100-million year-old female ostracod preserved in a sample of amber. Clearly, the...

Amber fossils unlock true color of 99-million-year-old insects

Nature is full of colors, from the radiant shine of a peacock's feathers or the bright warning coloration of toxic frogs to the pearl-white...

Hummingbird : Smallest Known Dinosaur Found in Amber

The discovery of a small, bird-like skull, described in an article published in Nature, reveals a new species, Oculudentavis khaungraae, that could represent the...

Amber specimens reveal origin of long mouthpart of scorpionflies

An international research group led by Prof. Wang Bo from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NIGPAS)...

Rare lizard fossil preserved in amber

The tiny forefoot of a lizard of the genus Anolis was trapped in amber about 15 to 20 million years ago. Every detail of...

Fossilized insect from 100 million years ago is oldest record of...

Beetle parasites clinging to a primitive bee 100 million years ago may have caused the flight error that, while deadly for the insect, is...

100 million years in amber: Researchers discover oldest fossilized slime mold

Most people associate the idea of creatures trapped in amber with insects or spiders, which are preserved lifelike in fossil tree resin. An international...

99-million-year-old millipede discovered in Burmese amber

Even though we are led to believe that during the Cretaceous the Earth used to be an exclusive home for fearsome giants, including carnivorous...

Tiny beetle trapped in amber might show how landmasses shifted

In 2016, Shuhei Yamamoto obtained a penny-sized piece of Burmese amber from Hukawng Valley in northern Myanmar, near China's southern border. He had a...

Early amber trade: Sicilian amber in Western Europe predates arrival of...

Amber and other unusual materials such as jade, obsidian and rock crystal have attracted interest as raw materials for the manufacture of decorative items...

Amber fossils provide oldest evidence of frogs in wet, tropical forests

About 99 million years ago, a tiny juvenile frog in present-day Myanmar was suddenly trapped in sap with a beetle, perhaps its intended next...

For 100 million years, amber freezes a tableau of tick’s worst...

One day in Myanmar during the Cretaceous period, a tick managed to ensnare itself in a spider web. Realizing its predicament, the tick struggled...

Time flies: Insect fossils in amber shed light on India’s geological...

A new species of fungus gnat in Indian amber closely resembles its fossil relatives from Europe, disproving the concept of a strongly isolated Indian...

Amber Colors : What Are the Different Colors of Amber?

Yellow Amber Yellow and brownish amber pieces are found around the world.  They make up more than two-thirds of the amber found in the world. ...

99-million-year-old termite-loving thieves caught in Burmese amber

Eusocial insects, such as ants, social wasps and bees, and termites, include some of the most ecologically ubiquitous of terrestrial animals. The nests of...

Mid-Mesozoic beetle in amber stirs questions on rise of flowering plants...

Named for Charles Darwin, the only known specimen of a newly discovered beetle, Darwinylus marcosi, died in a sticky gob of tree sap some...

Ancient, scary and alien-looking specimen forms a rarity in the insect...

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a 100-million-year-old insect preserved in amber with a triangular head, almost-alien and "E.T.-like" appearance and features so...

Amber specimen offers rare glimpse of feathered dinosaur tail

Researchers from China, Canada, and the University of Bristol have discovered a dinosaur tail complete with its feathers trapped in a piece of amber. The...

Blind dates in the amber world

"Old" doesn't always have to mean "primitive": paleontologists at the University of Bonn have discovered a tiny biting midge no larger than one millimeter...

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