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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…

Baltic Amber Biting Midge Swarm   Name: Fossil Amber Insects: Diptera, Family Ceratopogonidae  Age: Upper Eocene - Lower Oligocene  Size: (25.4mm=1 inch): Amber: 29 mm long , 17 mm across , 3.2 grams. Inclusions: 1mm  Location: Kaliningrad District, Russia

Baltic Amber Biting Midge Swarm Name: Fossil Amber Insects: Diptera, Family Ceratopogonidae Age: Upper Eocene - Lower Oligocene Size: inch): Amber: 29 mm long , 17 mm across , grams.

Just published: A new fossil cricket of the genus Proanaxipha in Miocene amber from the Dominican Republic

fossil cricket (male) of the genus Proanaxipha in Miocene amber from the Dominican Republic

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Cretaceous New Jersey amber MYO) - perfect iconic midge in extremely rare amber - mm)

Windows On The Past: 7 Amazing Creatures Preserved In Amber

Windows On The Past: 7 Amazing Creatures Preserved In Amber

Windows On The Past: 7 Amazing Creatures Preserved In Amber - WebEcoist

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