Your students will hold an actual insect that was trapped in amber about 40 million years ago! This is an absolute must-have for every biology, earth science, paleontology, and homeschool classroom!
Yes, this is an actual piece of 40 million year old amber with an insect trapped inside! You need this!
Baltic amber, also called succinite, is a yellowish fossilized tree resin created by forests in the Baltic region of Europe from about 37–48 million years ago. Amber starts as a soft resin when it is secreted from trees, so animals and plant matter can be caught and engulfed in it before it solidifies. Amber is unique in its ability to dehydrate and preserve organisms with impeccable detail. This sample of Baltic amber contains an insect inclusion from the Eocene epoch. Amber provides our most thorough insect fossil record.
- Amber pieces range from a few millimeters to a centimeter.
- The images on this page are representative of the specimen you will receive. Amber pieces vary in size and shape.
- Close-up images were taken through a microscope.