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Lot 1487

Insects in Large Colombian Amber Nugget. Amber is the fossilized tree resin. Some trees produce resins to help heal breaks and gashes. Occasionally insects become trapped in the sticky amber and are mummified (dessicated) with incredible preservation of soft tissues, muscles, microscopic detail and sometimes even color. DNA has been retrieved from amber over 65 million years old at the time of the dinosaurs. The age of amber itself cannot be determined. Only the rock it is deposited in can be tested. Colombian amber is found mostly in the Andes mountains in remote regions and has not been properly dated. This amber with the classic golden honey color like Dominican Amber is probably between 1- 5 million years old. Such is the probable age of this extremely large 8½ inch clear amber nugget weighing 95.2 grams. This excellent quality clear amber nugget has been polished on all sides revealing more than a dozen brown to brownish red insects including flies, midges, beetles with the largest insect being a half inch long fly. There are some plant fossils including a small closed flower on a short stem. There appears to a 1 inch section on the end that has been repaired. The shape of this extremely clear amber nugget is interesting looking somewhat like a bird with a long tail.

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Estimated Value $300 - 500.

Realized $344

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