Saturday, 27 February 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
Amber is fossilised tree resin and often contains small bugs or animals. Because these specimens are perfectly preserved they give us a view into the world of insects 50 million years ago.
Small flies and mosquitoes are the most common insects to find trapped in amber, but rarer finds include beatles or spiders. German professor and amber expert Wolfgang Weitschatt dreams of finding an amber nugget with a fossil of a flea hardened within the resin. Until now, there are only two such finds known in the world.
Buy insects in amber from the Amber Workshop
The legendary Amber Room in St Petersberg