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Fossil Amber Specimen from Chiapas, Mexico Mexican Amber Specimen with Insect Fossil Inclusion

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You will receive the exact specimen depicted in the listing photos and video it is a stunning fossil amber specimen from Chiapas Mexico, and includes a visible insect fossilized within the amber!

Origin: Chiapas, Mexico
Weight: 8.50 ct (1.71 g)

Chiapas amber, found in southern Mexico, is a captivating geological wonder with a fascinating history. Formed over millions of years, Chiapas amber originates from the resin of ancient trees, primarily Hymenaea trees, that flourished during the Oligocene and Miocene epochs, approximately 25 to 40 million years ago.

The formation process of Chiapas amber begins when resin oozes from these prehistoric trees, often in response to injury or disease. Over time, the resin hardens and undergoes a process called polymerization, where the organic compounds within the resin react and cross-link, transforming it into a solid substance.

As millennia pass, geological processes such as burial, compression, and heat contribute to the transformation of the resin into amber. The resin can become buried under layers of sediment, where pressure and heat aid in its fossilization. This intricate process results in the creation of amber, a durable and visually striking material cherished for its color and clarity.

Chiapas amber is particularly renowned for its exceptional preservation of ancient flora and fauna. Inclusions trapped within the amber provide invaluable insights into ecosystems long past, offering a snapshot of prehistoric life. Insects, plants, and even small vertebrates are often found perfectly preserved within these amber specimens, providing researchers with a unique opportunity to study ancient organisms in exquisite detail.

The age of Chiapas amber, estimated to be between 25 to 40 million years old, places it within the Oligocene and Miocene epochs of Earth's history. This venerable age adds to the allure of Chiapas amber, making it not only a geological marvel but also a window into the distant past.