Fossilized In Amber

By | September 9, 2016

Millions of years ago, these insects were trapped in a honey-colored goo: pine tree resin. Over time, the resin hardened into amber, preserving the insects so well that even the fine veins in their wings are visible. They look as if they lived yesterday, but these fossilized insects are thought to be around 38 million years old.

TRAPPED

mantid-in-amber

All kinds of insects have been captured in amber, including mantids such as this one, and a wide variety of flies.

A WINDOW THROUGH TIME

The insects found in amber prove that the insects we see today date back millions of years. Some amber fossils are more than 100 million years old!

GOLDEN GLOW

amber-tree

Amber is a hardened, fossilized material that forms from pine tree resin. Pine trees produce resin from wounds in the trunk. The resin flows, but as it dries it hardens to seal a cut in the tree’s trunk.

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