Time: Late Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (~100 million years ago)
(25.4 mm = 1 inch): Amber is 21 mm long, 15 mm across, Inclusion:
Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar
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
Jersimantis luzzii praying mantis in amber and Pseudoscorpion
in Cretaceous Fossil Amber and Centipede
in Cretaceous Amber
AMNH Novitates, No. 3361, Mar 26, 2002.