Cretaceous Burmite Amber Fossil Parasitic Worm(?) inclusion 0.71g For Sale
Cretaceous Burmite Amber Fossil Parasitic Worm(?) inclusion 0.71g:
CRETACEOUSBURMESE AMBER FROM THE DINOSAUR ERA WITH WASP
For sale is a piece of Burmese amber containing an ancient inclusion. I have to confess that I am not completely sure what this is. I think it could possibly be a parasitic worm of the kind that parasitises insects. If so this is a rare inclusion. Actually, since I haven't seen anything like it before I think it can be safely said that it IS a rare inclusion, whatever it is.I would advise you do not buy this unless you know what it is.
Whatis Burmese Amber?
BurmeseAmber, or Burmite is a fossilised resin which is believed to haveemanated from an extinct species of tropical conifer tree that oncegrew in the area that is now Burma/Myanmar during the mid to lateCretaceous, between 90-105 million years ago. It has been suggestedthat these trees came from theAgathisgenus, andare therefore related to the Kauri gum tree (agathis australis)an extant species responsible for the formation of Kauri gum, thefamous copal (young amber) that was once mined extensively in NewZealand for use in varnish.
UnlikeBaltic 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 (whichforms between 80-90% of world amber production) it is probably theoldest form of amber that is mined and exploited commercially (otherand older dinosaur era ambers exist, but are much rarer and depositsgenerally too small for large-scale mining).
Burmiteis famous for its cherry-red coloured varieties, but as with otherambers, comes in a variety of colours, from pale yellow to brownishorange as well as red. It is also harder compared to most otherambers and has an 'oily' texture when held. As with baltic amber, itis quite hard wearing and very well suited for use in jewellery.
Theinclusions you see in Burmese amber are older than theTyrannosaurusRex, but could well have lived amongst contemporaneous localdinosaurs such asMicroceratus, a type of dinosaur thatlived in Asia and featured in the film 'Jurassic Park' (and the morerecent '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.
Mostfossiliferous ambers you will see for sale on are much youngerthan this. The most common types of amber you will find for saleare Baltic and then Dominican amber, both of which were formed longafter the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event that killed thedinosaurs 65 million years ago. If you want to own a piece of amberwith insects that lived amongst these iconic creatures this amber isfor you!
90-105Million years old (mid to late Cretaceous)
Kachin State, Burma/Myanmar (HukaungValley)
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