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Prehistoric wasp found trapped in amber


Posted on Tuesday, 18 May, 2010 | Comment icon 3 comments


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In something akin to a scene from Jurassic Park a 95-million-year-old wasp has been found trapped in amber.

The rare find parallels the concept outlined in the Jurassic Park movie series where dinosaur DNA is found by extracting blood preserved within a mosquito trapped in amber.

"this amber was purchased by a Vienna-based mineral dealer in Addis Ababa."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by DieChecker on 18 May, 2010, 19:25
I thought there were lots of examples of spiders and insects trapped in amber.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Darkcore on 18 May, 2010, 19:45
You are right: "Amber sometimes contains animals or plant matter that became caught in the resin as it was secreted. Insects, spiders and their webs, annelids, frogs,[17] crustaceans, bacteria and amoebae,[18] marine microfossils,[19] wood, flowers and fruit, hair, feathers and other small organisms have been recovered in ambers dating to 130 million years ago.[6] In most cases the original organic material has decayed, leaving only a cavity, and sometimes remnants of resistant materials such as chitin." . Guess it's the "lucky find" that made it as an article. also,... [More]


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