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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...

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...

Terrified insect escapes a permanent tomb—50 million years ago

Thousands of insects, plants and other life forms have been found trapped in ancient amber deposits, but a new discovery shows a rarity of...

Rare Dinosaur-Era Bird Wings Trapped in Amber

Two tiny wings locked in amber 99 million years ago suggest that in the middle of the Cretaceous period — when dinosaurs still walked...

Blue Amber

Amber is fossilized tree resin used for jewelry, decoration, medicine, and perfume. Specimens with inclusions of insects and plants are of great scientific significance...

First microwhip scorpion from Mesozoic period found in Burmese amber

It's smaller than a grain of rice, yellowish, trapped in amber and lived 100 million years ago alongside dinosaurs. Meet Electrokoenenia yaksha, a newly...

World’s oldest chameleon found in amber fossil

About 100 million years ago an infant lizard's life was cut short when it crawled into a sticky situation. The early chameleon was creeping through...

99 million years old Lizards Trapped in Amber Give Clues to...

A fossilized lizard found in Southeast Asia preserved in amber dates back some 99 million years, Florida scientists have determined, making it the oldest...

Trapped in Amber: Rutgers Botanist Names New Flower Species

A Rutgers scientist has identified a flower trapped in ancient amber as belonging to a species completely new to science. Lena Struwe, professor of botany...

100-mllion-year-old amber preserves oldest animal societies

Fighting ants, giant solider termites, and foraging worker ants recently discovered in 100-million-year-old amber provide direct evidence for advanced social behavior in ancient ants...

A penis in amber

A research team led by Jason Dunlop from the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany, published in the international journal The Science of Nature the...

Trapped in Amber: Ancient fossils reveal remarkable stability of Caribbean lizard...

Tiny Anolis lizards preserved since the Miocene in amber are giving scientists a true appreciation of the meaning of community stability. Dating back some...

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