DescriptionMATING INSECTS IN AMBER
Samland Peninsular, Russia
On what is today the Baltic coast of Russia, towards the end of the Eocene epoch, this pair of prehistoric gnats was going about their natural business when a slow inexorable ooze of tree resin overcame them. 40 million years later, they remain perfectly preserved in suspended animation, locked together in their mating ritual for all eternity. Even though each measures only ¼ inch long, every last detail of their anatomy and reproductive activity can be observed through the crystal clear golden amber nugget, ½ x 3/8 x 1/8 inches, presented in a magnifier case. Insects in amber are rare but rarer still are those preserved in copula, a fascinating snapshot of the cycle of life from millions of years ago.
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