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Amber: The Natural Time Capsule

by Andrew Ross
 

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Amber is an engaging overview of this natural substance. It also explores how the fossilized inclusions trapped in the golden resin of spruce trees provide a superb record of prehistoric species and habitats. Lavishly illustrated throughout, this book includes all the current knowledge and ongoing research, such as:

  • How amber is formed from the resin
  • Overview

    Amber is an engaging overview of this natural substance. It also explores how the fossilized inclusions trapped in the golden resin of spruce trees provide a superb record of prehistoric species and habitats. Lavishly illustrated throughout, this book includes all the current knowledge and ongoing research, such as:

  • How amber is formed from the resin of ancient trees
  • The fascinating process by which amber preserves natural specimens
  • The secrets amber can reveal
  • Types of amber
  • Where amber can be found
  • The role of amber in science and art
  • Practical advice on how to distinguish genuine amber from fakes
  • Recent discoveries and developments

    Exclusive and particularly valuable features of the book include:

  • Stunning and previously unpublished photographs of specimens from the collection of the Natural History Museum in London
  • Detailed illustrated identification keys to the most common insect inclusions
  • The storied search for DNA in insect inclusions in amber

    Amber brings the study of this fascinating substance and its secrets within reach of any reader, and it will particularly fascinate rock hounds, fossil and gem enthusiasts, hobbyists and jewelry designers.

  • Editorial Reviews

    Waterloo Region Record - Bill Bean
    [Review of hardcover edition:] You might take this for a kid's book. That would be a mistake. Special are the children who care to know how to differentiate Baltic amber from Dominican amber, or who delight in having a copy of the only known photograph of the extinct alder fly species Corydasialidae. If you know a bug geek or amber nerd, find them this book. It's filled with page after page of stunning photographs of historic and prehistoric insects preserved forever in amber. (And indeed, kids should enjoy the photos of sand mites, lice, scorpions and other insects.). There is a simple key to these amber fossils that hinges on visual information rather than scientific terminology (Does the creature have very spiny hind legs? If yes, it could be a cicadelliclae or leafhopper; if no, go to the next step). Again, if you know a reader who is interested in whether the forewing of an amber-entrapped bug has a pterostigma or not, this is a must-have book for them.
    Rock and Gem Magazine
    [Review of hardcover edition:] For the curious amber collector, Amber offers a practical guide to identifying these creatures to increase your knowledge and enjoyment.
    Rock & Gem Magazine
    For the curious amber collector, Amber offers a practical guide to identifying these creatures to increase your knowledge and enjoyment.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9781770857599
    Publisher:
    Firefly Books, Limited
    Publication date:
    09/01/2016
    Edition description:
    Reprint
    Pages:
    112
    Sales rank:
    679,685
    Product dimensions:
    7.50(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)

    Meet the Author

    Andrew Ross is curator of fossil arthropods at the Natural History Museum, London, England.

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