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    EXTREMELY RARE AMBER-ENTRAPPED SCORPION
    Order: Scopiones
    Oligocene
    Dominican Republic

    Amber is the common name for fossilized tree resin, or sap, which seeping from the trunks and branches of prehistoric flora 30-90 million years ago would occasionally trap an unwitting insect in its slow but sticky and inexorable path. Such specimens are highly prized for, distinct from fossils, because they represent the incredible preservation of a life-form physically unchanged over millions of years. Most often, the creatures trapped are tiny bugs or floral fragments, but an example such as this is considerably rarer. Suspended in the center of this clear, tear-drop shaped amber nugget is a scorpion, every detail of its arthropod anatomy is visible, its tail extended with the vicious barb curved around, its tiny jointed legs bent in towards its body, and one of its larger claw legs extended to the side as though in a final despairing gesture as the sticky tree sap covered its helpless body. The scorpion itself measures approximately 9/16 inches long and the nugget 1 5/16 inches long. Scorpions in amber are exceedingly rare to find. One in such a clear nugget with only a few inclusions, none of which obscure the view of the insect and visible in such great detail is almost unheard of. It is a world-class piece, which has been photographed and authenticated by Dr George Poinar.


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    June, 2008
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