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Ancient Inclusions in Amber

Amber-Fossil-Amber-Inclusions.png The odd inclusions that are often seen in amber usually add to amber's uniqueness and can escalate the price. Amber is light weight and will warm to a person's body temperature. It will also produce "static electricity" when it is rubbed.

Prehistoric Life Forms Evidence in Amber

Amber proves that there were various types of life form millions of years ago that walked the earth and are no longer found today. Amber also shows how the earth is an ever-changing environment.

The Allure of Insects

Pliny Elder was the first to notate there were organisms preserved in amber leading him to suspect amber must have been in a liquefied form to be able to trap insects. So, he used the term "succinum" or "gum-stone", these terms are still used today describe "succinic acid" or "succinate".

Types of Insect Inclusions Found in Amber

The inclusions in amber can be both inorganic and organic. There are not just insects trapped in amber, but also various plant life. This allows botanists researchers to recreate an ecology system from long ago. Insects that are embalmed in amber are from extinct species. In Baltic Amber, the fossils are part of the "Diptera Family", also known as "true flies", is the most frequent inclusions to be found. These are mostly known as the "Mycetophilidea" class, and this type is known as "fungus gnats".

Useful for Scientific Studies

Paleontologists as well as Geologists are intrigued by amber due to the fossilization of prehistoric life. Archeologists research how various trade routes impacted ancient life and the economic impact. Biological scientists explore the animal and organic matter trapped in amber. Poets, writers, and artists look to amber for sunny muse. Artisans want amber for its splendor and scarcity.

Types of Amber