A tiny piece of amber kept the remains of 40 different creatures millions of years

Some amber pieces can be real treasures of the ancient creatures, but mostly inside the fossilized resin of coniferous trees are forest insects. However, nature sometimes can be very surprising — recently, Chinese geologists found a small piece of amber, which contains ancient insects and sea creatures. There arose a logical question: how did the inhabitants of the seas was in the woods, and were immured together with ants, mites and other tiny animals? Scientists have a completely convincing answer.

First, it is necessary to talk about the piece of amber. Its dimensions are very tiny 33×9,5×29 mm, and weighs only 6 grams. Despite this, it contains the remains of about 40 ancient creatures: spiders, centipedes, cockroaches, flies, ticks and wasps. To the surprise of researchers, with them side by side rather unexpected creatures — snails and cephalopods called Ammonites.

The researchers believe that none of the sea creatures in the forest did not penetrate. It’s much easier — the remains merged into a strange mixture due to the fact that the trees that exuded the resin, grew along the shoreline. Probably in the first resin stuck flying insects, then the sticky substance began to flow down and capture crawling on the trunk ants and centipedes. Eventually, the resin reached the beach and made the shells of marine creatures.

It is noteworthy that the shell was empty — most likely, the creation left their “homes”, and they lay on the beach for quite a while. Fortunately, amber has kept them, and the researchers were able to figure out what creatures they belonged to. They have studied the structure of shells using micro-computer tomography and announced that they belonged to the Ammonites under the name of Puzosia, Colo lived about 99 million years ago.

Amber really perfectly preserves the ancient remains. Once he even managed to keep the structure of the eye of the ancient spider, and eventually they were able to light up even after 110 million years. To read about this discovery in our material.

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