SCIENCEResin of a tree is its natural
self-preservation from calamities that leave exposed wood. The resin covers a
blasted portion with much of sticky resin that stops leaking of tree sap and
protects it from various insects, micro-organisms, and atmospheric damage. The
resin that drips and flows down is plentiful. On its way, the substance of
organic origin collects everything that sticks up to it. The following drops
cover the "catch" and encases it for tens and even a few hundred millions of
inclusions can be inorganic particles of rocks, sand, or dust,
microscopic organisms such as bacteria, botanical matter including flowers,
leaves, bark, insects, beetles, scorpions, organic debris such as
feathers, spider webs, hair. Even
frogs have been found, but
it happens extremely rare. If conditions are favorable, the substance naturally
turns to amber as time passes by. Thus amber has become the best ever known
preservative invaluable to science.
Prehistoric mosquito preserved in Baltic Amber.
Scientists who study ancient life
simply have no better analog other than amber to make research and look back
into the past. Excellently preserved inclusions in amber has led to the
discovery of previously unknown species of
prehistoric critters and flora what in its turn led scientists to other
discoveries through a unique insights into the history of evolution and
progress of searching for DNA from fossilized critters (however, the
controversial among scientists) to mention but a few. Archaeologists prize Baltic Amber as
it helps to unveil facts of
ancient long-distance trade.Would you find it interesting to spot inclusions in a piece of Baltic Amber
yourself? Make a try!
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