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    WOOD GNAT IN AMBER
    Oligocene
    Dominican Republic

    The name Amber comes from the old Arabic word anbargris, or ambergris, the oily perfumed substance produced in the digestive tract of the sperm whale. The Romans knew it as suceinum, or gum-stone, and by the presence of insects and small recognizable pieces of floral matter trapped within, correctly deduced that it had once had a liquid form. This is one such insect, a wood gnat preserved to perfection in an almost entirely clear golden honey cabochon of amber. The fine spindly legs and the delicate veins of the wings remain perfectly visible to the naked eye, an incredibly unaltered preservation of pre-history. This fine specimen has been highly polished and measures approximately 1¾ x 5/8 x 3/8 inches.


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    May, 2009
    17th-18th Sunday-Monday
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