Fossil Amber With Insects
Species - Dolichopodidae
Age - 45/55 Million Years Old
Discovered - Kaliningrad District Jantrarnya, Russia Primorishoje Mine
Identified by the resident paleo entomologist - Palanga Amber Museum - Palanga Lithuania
** Dolichopodidae **
Dolichopodidae, the long-legged flies, are a large, cosmopolitan family of true flies with more than 7,000 described species in about 230 genera. The genus Dolichopus is the most speciose, with some 600 species.
** Fossilized Amber **
Amber is a fossilized tree resin that has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Much valued from antiquity to the present as a gemstone, amber is made into a variety of decorative objects. Amber is used in jewelry. It has also been used as a healing agent in folk medicine.
There are five classes of amber, defined based on their chemical constituents. Because it originates as a soft, sticky tree resin, amber sometimes contains animal and plant material as inclusions. Amber occurring in coal seams is also called resinite, and the term ambrite is applied to that found specifically within New Zealand coal seams.
Fossil Amber With Insects - Dolichopodidae
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