Cretaceous Burmite Amber Fossil Parasitic Large Wasp Insect Inclusion GI9 0.46g For Sale
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Cretaceous Burmite Amber Fossil Parasitic Large Wasp Insect Inclusion GI9 0.46g:
CRETACEOUS BURMESE AMBER FROM THE DINOSAUR ERA WITH WASP
For sale is a piece of Burmese amber containing an ancient parasitoidwasp. These wasps reproduce by injecting a host creature with an egg or eggs which devour their host alive before the adult eventually emerges from the carcass. This insect dates from the age of the dinosaurs, and may well have buzzed around the head of a dinosaur!
This is a particularly large one, almost 1 cm in length and clearly visible to the naked eye!
What is Burmese Amber?
Burmese Amber, or Burmite is a fossilised resin which is believed to have emanated from an extinct species of tropical conifer tree that once grew in the area that is now Burma/Myanmar during the mid to late Cretaceous, between 90-105 million years ago. It has been suggested that these trees came from theAgathisgenus, and are therefore related to the Kauri gum tree (agathis australis) an extant species responsible for the formation of Kauri gum, the famous copal (young amber) that was once mined extensively in New Zealand for use in varnish.
Unlike Baltic amber, Burmite contains little to no succinic acid, and is often found in coal seams, and is therefore classed as a form of retinite amber rather than succinite. Although it is considerably less common than Baltic amber (which forms between 80-90% of world amber production) it is probably the oldest form of amber that is mined and exploited commercially (other and older dinosaur era ambers exist, but are much rarer and deposits generally too small for large-scale mining).
Burmite is famous for its cherry-red coloured varieties, but as with other ambers, comes in a variety of colours, from pale yellow to brownish orange as well as red. It is also harder compared to most other ambers and has an 'oily' texture when held. As with baltic amber, it is quite hard wearing and very well suited for use in jewellery.
The inclusions you see in Burmese amber are older than theTyrannosaurus Rex, but could well have lived amongst contemporaneous local dinosaurs such asMicroceratus, a type of dinosaur that lived in Asia and featured in the film 'Jurassic Park' (and the more recent 'Jurassic World').
Burmese Amber can be easily distinguished from the more common Baltic Amber via a UV light test. Burmese amberfluorescesa strong milky blue, wheres Baltic amberfluorescespale green (see photos). A common feature of Burmese amber is also thepresenceof conical tubes, which are thought to have been formed by bivalves boring into the amber after it had hardened and was lying in water.
Most fossiliferous ambers you will see for sale on are much younger than this. The most common types of amber you will find for sale are Baltic and then Dominican amber, both of which were formed long after the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. If you want to own a piece of amber with insects that lived amongst these iconic creatures this amber is for you!
90-105 Million years old (mid to late Cretaceous)
Country of Origin:
Kachin State, Burma/Myanmar (HukaungValley)
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