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    MATING FLIES IN BALTIC AMBER
    Eocene
    Samland Peninsula, Russia

    This pair of prehistoric gnats was going about their natural business years ago, when a slow inexorable ooze of tree resin overcame them. 34-56 million years later, they remain perfectly preserved as though in suspended animation, locked together in a ghastly mating ritual for all eternity. Every last detail of their anatomy and reproductive activity can be observed through the pale golden amber nugget, measuring approximately ½ x ½ x ¼ inches; insects in amber are rare but rarer still are those preserved in copula, as here, a fascinating snapshot of the cycle of life from millions of years ago.


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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