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By David A. Grimaldi

ISBN-10: 0810926520

ISBN-13: 9780810926523

The original homes of amber (fossilized tree resin) have lengthy intrigued many of us, and not extra so than now. This interesting ebook, which followed the main entire exhibition approximately amber ever fastened, geared up through the yank Museum of usual background in ny, explores many of the features of this amazing fabric, from its half in delineating evolutionary historical past, notwithstanding learn of the folklore surrounding it, to its use in ornamental arts and jewellery. The 230 stunning and amazingly diversified photos and drawings vividly remove darkness from the jobs of amber in either nature and paintings. writer David A. Grimaldi, affiliate curator and chairman of the yank Museum of normal History's division of Entomology, appears to be like on the origins and homes of amber and discusses how the items, known as inclusions, preserved inside it offer not just clues to the place, whilst, and the way species of wildlife originated and constructed, but additionally interesting tales of the way specific ones lived and died. Reproductions of amber items are supplemented by means of ancient engravings and images in addition to line drawings through the writer that "map" what's going inside amber samples, highlighted through his reconstruction of an old Dominican woodland from the clues supplied through amber chanced on there. a specific bibliography and index around out this engrossing and readable e-book, now on hand as a reasonable paperback, to be able to pride enthusiasts of technological know-how, heritage, and artwork in addition to someone intrigued via tales of ways we - and our international - have advanced.

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I t t o o exists i n large pieces a n d i s highly fossiliferous. B u r m i t e a n d F u S h u n a m b e r w e r e b o t h f o r m e d i n t h e E o c e n e , a n d t h e b o t a n i c a l s o u r c e s are u n k n o w n . Africa ^ ^ c a * s w ^ k n o w n for its p r o d u c t i o n o f copal, b u t t h e o n l y T e r t i a r y e d e p o s i t o n t h e c o n t i n e n t w i t h t r u e a m b e r c o m e s from s o u t h e a s t e r n Nigeria near Umuahia, in the A m e k i Formation of the Eocene.

S i m e t i t e a n d m o s t r u m a n i t e lack succinic acid, a n d t h e b o t a n i c a l s o u r c e o f t h e a m b e r s i s u n c e r t a i n . 42 ' Amber in Nature .. , . North America A l t h o u g h o v e r s h a d o w e d by t h e vast d e p o s i t s of t h e Baltic b } r region, N o r t h American deposits from b o t h the Cretaceous and t h e T e r t i a r y p e r i o d s are still q u i t e varied. S o m e d e p o s i t s are s u r p r i s i n g l y rich. T h e n o r t h e r n m o s t a m b e r i n t h e w o r l d o c c u r s i n early E o c e n e d e p o s i t s o f Axel H e i b u r g a n d E l l e s m e r e islands, i n t h e C a n a d i a n Arctic.

T h e a m b e r is in t w o locations, one a n expansive pit m i n e d for clay t o m a n u f a c t u r e bricks, t h e o t h e r a n a b a n d o n e d clay pit. I n t h e active m i n e , pieces u p t o t h r e e i n c h e s l o n g can b e f o u n d o n t h e surface of a d a r k clay i m p r e g n a t e d w i t h lignite. If t h e a p p r o p r i a t e s t r a t u m is e x p o s e d , it is possible to collect several p o u n d s off t h e surface in o n e day. T h i s a m b e r is v e r y distinctive for its w e a t h e r e d r i n d a n d d e n s e i n t e r n a l flow lines, w h i c h are also w e a t h e r e d .

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