DescriptionRARE MAYFLY IN BALTIC AMBER
Samland Peninsula, Russia
This gorgeous honey-gold nugget is the fossilized resin of a tree from 34-56 million years ago. As it made its slow way down the tree trunk, it trapped in its path this unfortunate mayfly, whose fate was to be preserved in perfect suspended animation for all eternity. Unlike fossils, amber-entrapped insects represent the perfect and physically unchanged preservation of prehistoric creatures, and in its little golden prison, this insect can be examined in all the detail of its anatomy, right down to the delicate veined wings. The nugget itself measures approximately 5/8 x 5/8 x 1/8 inches.
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,400.
Condition report available upon request.
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