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Amber: The Natural Time Capsule


A fascinating introduction to this prehistoric substance, Amber is an essential purchase for all those interested in this remarkable material

ISBN: 9780565092580

Author: Andrew Ross

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Amber: The Natural Time Capsule

£ 9.99


A fascinating introduction to this prehistoric substance and its fossilised inclusions. Written by the Museum's Curator of Fossil Arthropods, the book describes how amber is formed from the resin of ancient trees, and where in the world this remarkable material has been found.

It tells how to distinguish genuine amber from fake, describes its many uses, both in art and science, and recounts the elusive search for DNA from insect inclusions. The book also gives detailed keys and photographs to guide the reader in the identification of species of insects and other inclusions that have been trapped and preserved in amber. Lavishly illustrated throughout, Amber is an essential purchase for all those interested in amber.


‘This book positively glows with the lustrous, resinous qualities of amber’ Geology Today

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Paperback, 200 x 210 mm, 72 pp, 1998, fully illustrated in colour
0 565 09131 X
Published by the Natural History Museum, London

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