Fragments of amber from Myanmar (South East Asia) give scientists an unprecedented opportunity to study the living world of the old Land.
Creature enclosed in the hardened resin remain intact for tens of millions of years.
Researchers have found insects, beetles, frogs, snails, and even baby birds. They all share one thing – these are ground dwellers.
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We are talking about the four sea snails and a small Ammonite (an extinct cephalopod mollusk).
In addition, in the fragment size 33х9,5х29 stuck 22 millimeters tick, eight flies, and two beetles, a parasitic wasp, cockroach and centipede.
To determine the time of occurrence of education was unexpectedly difficult. Analysis of the volcanic rocks in which it found indicated on the maximum age of 98.8 million years.
But on top of amber covered with a layer of Sandstone with fossilized Ammonite that lived to 100.5 million years ago.
Scientists have suggested that the fragment could be even older, around 113 million years, but it is impossible to say with precision.
It can be argued that amber was formed on the land as in the water it does not freeze properly.
Studying the remains of creatures, experts have noticed that the shells of marine life stripped bare, a significant part of the Ammonite shell are lost, and the hole is filled with sand. In addition, there is no sign of soft tissue.
Probably the snails and the Ammonites had died when a wave washed up on shore. It was there that they got in tree resin.
This could happen in two cases: either the tidal wave was very powerful, like a tsunami, and moved the remains to the far shore, or the forest was growing directly off the coast, and drops of pitch falling directly on the sandy beach.
Earlier it was reported that in amber from Myanmar found a wasp age of 100 million years, which was named in honor of Dracula.