Primitive Weevil in Burmite Fossil Amber

Dinosaur Era Cretaceous Amber

Fossil Amber Weevil

Class Insecta, Order Coleoptera, Family Curculionidae

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

Size: Amber: 15 mm long, 10 mm across, Inclusion: 4 mm

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA25

Price: $795.00

Weevil in Burmite Fossil AmberDescription: It has been said that the biologist J S B Haldane when asked by some theologians what he could infer about the Creator he is said to have replied: He has an inordinate fondness for beetles. Indeed there are some 400,000 known extant species of beetle, about 40 percent of all known insect species. Of those some 60,000 are weevils. The oldest amber containing insects comes from the deposits of Lebanon at some 135 million years of age. Deposits in Myanmar, New Jersey, and Japan are somewhat younger. Burmite holds the most of the Cretaceous families with some 28 known as of2002, with19 families known at that time from Lebanon, and some 10 families from New Jersey. As of 2017 some 5 genera of weevils have been described as inclusions in Burmite. This specimen comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Gem and Jewelry Test Center (China).

Reference: AMNH Novitates, No. 3361, March 26, 2002. Zoological Systematics, 42 (3) July 2017 pp 249-379.

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