The Natural Time Capsule

Book - 2010
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A comprehensive introduction to amber and all its uses.

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Stunning and previously unpublished photographs of specimens from the collection of the Natural History Museum in London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.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books ; Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books (U.S.), 2010.
ISBN: 9781554076093
Branch Call Number: 553.879/ROSS
Characteristics: 112 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.


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