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    FLY LAYING EGGS IN AN EXCEPTIONAL AMBER "MENAGERIE"
    Oligocene
    Dominican Republic

    As the sticky resin ran down the trunks of trees in the forests of the Oligocene epoch, 34-23 million years ago, its inexorable progress would often trap tiny objects, insects and even small animals in its path. Over millions of years, the resin hardened into what we now know as amber. Those creatures trapped in amber are unique - unlike fossils, no replacement of the original tissue has taken place. They are complete and perfect down to the tiniest detail, preserved exactly as they were in life and, more strikingly, at the exact moment of death. This eerie suspended animation affords us, the modern observer, a fascinating glimpse back in time, a snapshot of a specific, passing moment. In this marvelous nugget of clear, gem-quality amber an amazing moment was captured - a perfectly preserved fly, complete with color-patterned wings, in panic at its impending doom, has laid a clutch of fifteen eggs, all perfectly visible and likewise suspended for all eternity - a rare glimpse between life and death. Not only are there several fine flies and wasps but there is also a colorful 1-inch tree section, extremely rare in amber, complete with bark, vines and boring insects. This is a remarkable, museum-quality piece with a rich golden honey color and exceptional clarity. It has been perfectly polished to form a lens-like cabochon, measuring 3 x 2 x 1 inches.


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