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Amber has captured the human imagination for centuries, as amulets, ritual cups, and beads dating back 10,000 years attest. It is a fascinating substance, one that offers a unique intersection of the fields of paleontology, botany, entomology, and mineralogy. The fossilized resin of ancient trees, amber preserves organic material--most commonly insects and other invertebrates--and with it the shape and surface detail that are usually obliterated or hopelessly distorted during the mineralization we associate with fossils. To look at an ant or a bee caught in amber is to look not at an organism that has been turned to stone, but at the actual remains of an insect that lived hundreds of millions of years ago, remains that retain an uncanny semblance of life. Amber also offers clues to the evolution of certain behaviors, capturing such interactions as parasitism--a fruit fly with a parasitic mite still attached to it--or mutualism--a bubble of gas indicating the presence of beneficial bacteria in the gut of a termite.

Unique to this book are identification keys to the most common insect inclusions as well as practical advice on how to identify all-too-common fakes. Amber will bring the study of this and its inclusions within reach of anyone with access to amber and a good magnifying glass.

Book News Annotation:

Amber is fossilized resin from trees, often containing perfectly preserved insects and other organic material from millions of years ago. This lavishly illustrated work tells how amber is formed, where it is found, and how to distinguish genuine amber inclusions from fakes. Demonstrates the many uses of amber in art as well as science, and recounts the search for DNA from insect inclusions. Detailed keys and color photos provide an identification guide to all the insects and other animals found in amber. Ross is curator of fossil arthropods at The Natural History Museum, London.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The fossilized resin of ancient trees, amber preserves organic material--most commonly insects and other invertebrates--and with it the shape and surface detail that are usually obliterated or hopelessly distorted during the mineralization we associate with fossils. This fascinating substance offers a unique intersection of the fields of paleontology, botany, entomology, and mineralogy.

About the Author

Andrew Ross is Curator of Fossil Arthropods at the Natural History Museum, London.

Table of Contents

What Is Amber?

The Properties of Amber

Fake Amber

The Uses of Amber

Where Is Amber Found?

Baltic Amber

Dominican Amber

What Is a Species?

Amber Inclusions

Animal Interactions

Plant Inclusions

The Search for DNA

Biogeography

Arthropods

Key to Arthropods

The Insect Fossil Record

Insects

Key to Insects without Wings

Incomplete Metamorphosis

Key to Winged Insects I

Incomplete Metamorphosis--Bugs

Key to Bugs

Complete Metamorphosis

Key to Winged Insects II

Complete Metamorphosis--Flies

Key to Flies

Wasps, Bees, and Ants

Key to Wasps, Bees and Ants

Beetles

Key to Selected Beetles

Glossary

Index

Further Reading and Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674017290
Author:
Ross, Andrew
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Paleontology
Subject:
Botany
Subject:
Entomology
Subject:
Amber
Subject:
Amber fossils
Subject:
Life Sciences - Botany
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - Entomology
Subject:
Geology-Paleontology
Subject:
Science -- History.
Subject:
History-Ancient - Rome
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19990301
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
240 color
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in 8 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The fossilized resin of ancient trees, amber preserves organic material--most commonly insects and other invertebrates--and with it the shape and surface detail that are usually obliterated or hopelessly distorted during the mineralization we associate with fossils. This fascinating substance offers a unique intersection of the fields of paleontology, botany, entomology, and mineralogy.
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