DescriptionFEEDING POND SKATER TRAPPED IN AMBER
The perfect preservation of an insect physically unchanged over up to 90 million years is only possible through the fossilization of tree resin. As the sticky substance oozed from the tree, it would often trap unwitting insects in its path, and over millions of years would fossilize into the beautiful golden amber we know today. This is a superb example, a small polished nugget of beautiful color, enclosing a delicate pond skater, visible in every physical detail and distinguished by its long slender legs; incredibly, on close examination it appears as though there is a much smaller insect struggling to escape its grip as the pond skater forces its prey into its mouth - a moment of natural history preserved forever in suspended animation. This amazing snapshot of a prehistoric moment in time is preserved in a ¾ x 5/6 x 3/8 inch nugget.
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