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Perfectly preserved insects found inside amber fossils 20 MILLION years old

April 19th, 2011

These incredible pictures show tiny insects that were preserved in precious amber stones – 20 million years ago.

The tiny creatures are believed to have roamed the earth alongside dinosaurs and before the ice age three million years ago.

Specimens from the period are rare and the scientists who were studying the landscape were not expecting to find the insects.

They were found inside small chunks or precious amber rock in a 20 million year old reservoir in  Chiclayo, northern.

Honningen Klaus, who led the research team, said: ‘The pieces of amber contains insects Psocoptera, Diptera, Coleoptera, Hemiptera and spiders, as well as spores and pollen fossils, and even a drop of blood and remains of hair from a mammal rodent.’

The insects were among several other examples of animals and plants fossilized in amber at the 20 million year old reservoir.

The research team was from the  Meyer-Honningen Paleontological Museum in Peru.

Last year, the researchers discovered fossilised tobacco in the northern Amazon that dates back to the Pleistocene Era 2.5 million years ago.

The compact block of tobacco, about 30 square centimetres was found by the group in the Maranon river basin in northeastern Peru.

‘This discovery allows us to establish that the plant dates back to the Pleistocene Era, and confirms that it originated in northern Peru,’ the museum said at the time.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1378341/Perfectly-preserved-insects-inside-amber-fossils-20-MILLION-years-old.html#ixzz1JzvHTTbl

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