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Amber

The Natural Time Capsule

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Amber by Andrew Ross
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Description

Amber is a remarkable substance that originates from the resin of trees that lived millions of years ago. Anything that became trapped in this sticky resin was fossilized and perfectly preserved. The insects and other inclusions found in amber today are providing scientists with unique insights into the history of life on Earth. In this new edition of "Amber", Andrew Ross provides an engaging overview of this prehistoric substance and its fossilized inclusions. The book explains how amber is formed, where it is found and how to distinguish genuine amber from fakes. It describes its many uses, both in art and science, and recounts the elusive search for DNA from fossilized insects. Detailed keys and stunning photographs, including previously unseen pieces of Burmese amber from the Museum's collections, guide the reader in the identification of species of insects and other amber inclusions. "Amber" is essential reading for all those with an interest in this natural time capsule.

Author Biography

Andrew Ross is currently Principal Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeobotany at the National Museums Scotland.
Release date Australia
February 11th, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
Revised edition
Illustrations
Colour throughout
Imprint
The Natural History Museum
Pages
112
Dimensions
192x253x90
ISBN-13
9780565092580
Product ID
3681406

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