Andrew Ross Amber: The Natural Time Capsule

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Amber: The Natural Time Capsule

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Amber is a remarkable substance that originates from the resin of trees that lived millions of years ago. This book provides an overview of this prehistoric substance and its fossilized inclusions. It explains how amber is formed, where it is found and how to distinguish genuine amber from fakes.

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If you know a bug geek or amber nerd, find them this book.--Bill Bean"Waterloo Region Record" (07/24/2010)

For the curious amber collector, Amber offers a practical guide to identifying these creatures to increase your knowledge and enjoyment.

You might take this for a kid's book. That would be a mistake. Special are the children who care to know how to differentiate Baltic amber from Dominican amber, or who delight in having a copy of the only known photograph of the extinct alder fly species Corydasialidae. If you know a bug geek or amber nerd, find them this book. It's filled with page after page of stunning photographs of historic and prehistoric insects preserved forever in amber. (And indeed, kids should enjoy the photos of sand mites, lice, scorpions and other insects.). There is a simple key to these amber fossils that hinges on visual information rather than scientific terminology (Does the creature have very spiny hind legs? If yes, it could be a cicadelliclae or leafhopper; if no, go to the next step). Again, if you know a reader who is interested in whether the forewing of an amber-entrapped bug has a pterostigma or not, this is a must-have book for them.--Bill Bean"Waterloo Region Record" (07/24/2010)

[Review of hardcover edition: ] You might take this for a kid's book. That would be a mistake. Special are the children who care to know how to differentiate Baltic amber from Dominican amber, or who delight in having a copy of the only known photograph of the extinct alder fly species Corydasialidae. If you know a bug geek or amber nerd, find them this book. It's filled with page after page of stunning photographs of historic and prehistoric insects preserved forever in amber. (And indeed, kids should enjoy the photos of sand mites, lice, scorpions and other insects.). There is a simple key to these amber fossils that hinges on visual information rather than scientific terminology (Does the creature have very spiny hind legs? If yes, it could be a cicadelliclae or leafhopper; if no, go to the next step). Again, if you know a reader who is interested in whether the forewing of an amber-entrapped bug has a pterostigma or not, this is a must-have book for them.--Bill Bean"Waterloo Region Record" (07/24/2010)

About the Author:

Andrew Ross is currently Principal Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeobotany at the National Museums Scotland.

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