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    LEAF IN AMBER
    Hymenaea protera
    Oligocene
    Dominican Republic

    The Hymenaea protera is an extinct leguminous tree that once flourished throughout what is now Central America and northern South America, and is the source of much of today's amber. This gorgeous material is the fossilized resin of the Hymenaea and has been prized since ancient times for its lovely golden color, but the finest examples also contain specimens of flora and/or fauna from the forests of 30 million years ago. This is just such an example, the warm nugget containing a single, perfectly preserved leaf, caught in the path of the resin as it oozed down the tree trunk. Measuring 5/8 inch long it is preserved in perfect detail and accompanied by a small louse and a flying ant, caught unawares and imprisoned in suspended animation for all eternity. The nugget has a lovely golden hue, brought to a high polished finish, and measures approximately 1½ x 1 3/8 x 5/8 inches.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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