Scientists in Myanmar have discovered the "most complete" fossil of a baby bird ever recovered from the Cretaceous period, trapped in 99-million-year-old amber. The hatchling, complete with feathers, claws, skin and soft tissue around the eyelid and external opening of the ear, is believed to be an enantiornithean that went extinct about 65 million years ago. Almost all enantiornitheans had teeth, and each finger within the wing contained a claw.
false fairy wasp. The amber, which is formed when plant resin fossilizes, preserving flora and fauna trapped within, was found in what is now northwest Ethiopia. Ninety-five million years ago, it was part of a disintegrating Gondwana, one of two vast land masses that spawned the seven modern continents.
Grasshopper Fossil Inclusion in Baltic Amber - grasshopper inclusion : 0.629" / 16 mm (overall) - body : 0.27" / 7 mm - amber : 1.18 x 0.86 x 0.43" / 30 x 22 x 11 mm - during the Eocene : about 44 million years ago - Lithuania
Rickettsia Cretaceous tick (4) | Flickr - Photo Sharing! This tick, preserved in amber about 100 million years old, offers the first-ever fossil record of Rickettsia-like cells, a type of bacteria that still causes various types of spotted fever. (Photo by George Poinar, Jr., courtesy of Oregon State University)
A mid Cretaceous assassin fly, Burmapogon bruckschi, male. Image credit: David Grimaldi. Burmese amber, earliest Cenomanian. Length less than 2.5 cm. Assassin flies are named for their fierce predation strategy, ambushing and catching their prey in flight and the piercing it with their mouthparts.
Baltic amber (50 MYO) - extremely rare Strepsiptera, Mengeidae, Mengea tertiaria - 2 mm. | Flickr - Photo Sharing! 1. For the license, give credits to: "© Anders Leth Damgaard" and create a link to this web page:"www.amber-inclusions.dk". Please note clearly on your web site that I hold the copyrights. http://www.amber-inclusions.dk/
For 30 million years this ant has been sealed in this amber. Someone has carefully cut and polished it to gemstone quality!
MATING INSECTS IN AMBER. Only in the fossilized tree resin, Amber, is prehistoric life preserved entirely unchanged for millions of years. Rarer still, however, is the preservation of life in action as here: a pair of small flying Gnats were doing what came naturally when they were caught in the sticky ooze, trapped forever in a golden prison in flagrante delicto.