DescriptionRARE FEMALE MOSQUITO IN AMBER
La Toca Mines, Dominican Republic
The marvelous amber deposits of the Dominican Republic are a window into the neo-tropical ecosystem of this area 30-40 million years ago. The sticky resin of the Hymenaea protera tree has hardened into beautiful golden amber and, on rare occasions, any plant or animal life caught in the ooze is preserved forever in suspended animation. This elongated nugget is just such a window back in time, containing an unfortunate mosquito that indicates the presence both of standing water and of warm-blooded vertebrates in the Oligocene forests of the region. With fine clarity, the nugget allows a matchless view of the insect's anatomy; a female, it displays folded wings, long delicate legs, feathered antennae and a prominent proboscis. Of elongated form and polished, this superb specimen measures 1 ½ x ¾ x ½ inches.
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