Amber is a remarkable substance that originates from the resin of trees that lived millions of years ago. Anything that became trapped in this sticky resin was fossilized and perfectly preserved. The insects and other inclusions found in amber today are providing scientists with unique insights into the history of life on Earth. In Amber, Andrew Ross provides an engaging overview of this prehistoric substance and its fossilized inclusions. The book explains how amber is formed, where it is found and how to distinguish genuine amber from fakes. It describes amber's many uses, both in art and science, and recounts the elusive search for DNA from insect inclusions. Detailed keys and stunning photographs, including items from the collection of the Natural History Museum in London which are not on view to the general public, guide the reader in the identification of species of insects and other amber inclusions. Amber is essential reading for all those with an interest in this natural time capsule. Contents include 1 What Is Amber?; 2 Where Is Amber Found?; 3 Amber Inclusions; 4 Arthropods, Key to arthropods, INSECTS, The insect fossil record, Insects, Key to insects without wings, Incomplete metamorphosis, Key to winged insects I, BUGS, Key to bugs, Complete metamorphosis, Key to winged insects II, TRUE FLIES, Key to true flies, WASPS, BEES, ANTS and SAWFLIES, Key to wasps, bees, ants and sawflies, BEETLES, Key to selected beetles; Glossary, Index, Further information.
Amber The Natural time Capsule, By Andrew Ross