Mini Museum Insect in Amber (LARGE)
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A throwback to the First Edition of the Mini Museum, the Insect in Amber add-on is a self-contained bead of baltic amber dating to 40,000,000 to 60,000,000 years old.
Unlike the small beads used in MM1, these beads are quite large, with most measuring 1" or larger. As you can see in the group picture, the shape and color of each bead is unique but they are all quite lovely.
We've inspected these beads very closely to make certain that they contain at least one insect, though in fact many contain multiple creatures not to mention plant material such as grasses and seeds, and the occasional arachnid (see closeup picture).
The specimen is enclosed in a handsome, glass-topped riker box case measuring 4 1/2" x 3 1/2". A small information card is also included.
About Baltic Amber
When compressed and heated beneath layers of sediment for millions of years, tree resin undergoes a process of molecular polymerization. The result is a low-density, amorphous solid known as amber.
When recovered, amber is often dull, reddish brown, or even gray. After polishing, amber practically glows. This glow has been prized by humans for millennia. Scientists often find objects trapped in fossilized amber. These objects are called inclusions, and they range from dust and pollen to insects and even fossilized lizards!
The largest amber deposits in the world are located around the Baltic Sea. Amber from this region, referred to as Baltic amber, is considered the highest amber quality in the world. Baltic amber deposits date from the Eocene period, some 40-60 million years ago. Scientists consider Baltic amber the greatest repository of fossilized insects from any age.