Insect Trapped in Amber, Leather Bracelet 18k Gold Plated or Sterling Silver
These leather bracelets are so fun! Choose your bracelet and special design stamped on a tiny heart or circle to express individuality. Made in USA.
.: Sterling silver or 18K gold plated charm
.: 3 adjustable sizes
.: Several charm shapes
.: Nickel and lead free
Every so often, something incredibly beautiful and delicate comes out of the fossil record. It can be the microscopic fossil of extinct plankton or the near-complete skeleton of a massive dinosaur. Then there are those fossils which show a surprising degree of completeness, presenting real snapshots of a long-lost age.
They are the top 10 finest amber fossils ever. We have had a long relationship with amber, the beautiful petrified tree resin. Amber is mostly orange, reddish or gold in color while sometimes there might even be red or the rare green and blue amber. We use it mostly for jewelry but amber also became important to paleontologists in understanding the ancient world. Once a viscous liquid, it becomes solid upon fossilization, often trapping whatever creatures or other small organisms that originally get stuck in the substance.
Sometimes more surprising things have gotten caught in amber. Collectors and scientists have found not just bugs entombed in tree resin, but even animals as large as lizards, frogs and salamanders can be preserved in impressive detail. Skin, scales, fur and feathers are just some of the incredibly detailed features found in amber. Insects may be caught having sex.
Even the reproductive organs of plants cannot escape the sticky clutches of fresh resin. One thing amber does not preserve however, is DNA. So unfortunately, a Jurassic Park-like scenario will be impossible to create. Nevertheless we have changed our views of the evolution of many smaller beasts thanks to amber’s remarkable ability to preserve. There are so many amazing discoveries to choose from, with fossils ranging from more than 230 to 20 million years old.