Dinosaur Era Cretaceous Flower in Fossil Amber

Angiospermae indet

Geological Time: Late Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (~100 million years ago)

Size mm (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Amber is 21 mm long, 15 mm across, Inclusion: 4.5 mm

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA06

Price: $450.00

Dinosaur Era Cretaceous FlowerDescription: Burmite is an amber found in Myanmar, formerly Burma, source of the name. It is some 100 million years of age, and preserves a remarkable profusion of organisms, both animal and plant, from the Age of Dinosaurs. This piece contains several botanicals, or plant specimens, the most distinctive of which is the pentamerous angiosperm flower. Angiosperms from the Cretaceous are typically known from pollen and compression-fossilized leaves and flowers. The material from Myanmar are typically small, and this specimen is no exception to the rule. It is well-preserved and readily visible with a 10X loupe. There are several other botanicals present. The leaf section has a curved surface that may well exemplify predation by an insect. Whatever the case, nearly intact examples such as this are uncommon

Also see: Cretaceous Jersimantis luzzii praying mantis in amber and  Pseudoscorpion in Cretaceous Fossil Amber and Centipede in Cretaceous Amber

Reference: AMNH Novitates, No. 3361, Mar 26, 2002.

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