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    SPIDER IN AMBER
    Oligocene
    Dominican Republic

    As the sticky resin of the prehistoric trees that blanketed modern-day Central America 30-90 million years ago oozed slowly down their trunks, small insects would sometimes find themselves trapped in the inexorable goo. As the resin fossilized into clear golden amber, the trapped bug would be preserved forever in suspended animation. Most often they are small gnats or midges, but occasionally one finds something rather more interesting, as in the case of this fantastic spider. Perfectly preserved in every detail, it sits as though still in motion, swimming through its golden-colored prison. One can make out the hairs on its legs, the markings on its abdomen and even, when held up to the light, the translucence of its entire anatomy. This beautiful nugget measures 1 1/8 x 1 x ½ inches.


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
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