One hundred million years old Amber is found: The mysteries are given the shape of theory

One hundred-million-year-old Amber found


Amber inclusions are well explained as the organisms that are found in the forest. Researchers have been trying to discover Amber with sea life trapped in it. After long research, the team of Prof. Wang Bo from NIGPAS (Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) found an ammonite trapped in Amber.

Ammonite is a sea animal that was trapped in Amber that is 99 million years old. This Amber is located from Northern Myanmar and is 9.5mm wide, 33mm long, 29mm high, and it weighs 6.08g. Amber puts a significant impact on the organisms that survive today. It includes the creatures of both land and sea. 

The terrestrial creation of Amber includes a significant role by mites. Other creatures include millipedes, beetles, cockroaches, wasps, and flies. These creatures mostly lived in the forest. The marine creation of Amber includes ammonite, sea slaters, and sea snails. The slaters are usually found on seashores.

The researchers used advanced technology to get clear images of the creature trapped inside the Amber. They used micro-computed tomography which is a form of X-ray. It helps generate three-dimensional images with high resolution of the Amber and the creatures trapped. It is an important technique which helps to identify the type and kind of ammonite.

The Amber found was examined and the ammonite recognized was juvenile Puzosia (Bhimaites). The presence of this type of ammonite in the Amber is due to early Cenomanian age deposit.

The mystery that every researcher is concerned about is how an extinct species of a squid got trapped in Amber that had land animals within. The shells that are found inside the Amber had no sign of tissue in them. However, this tells that they were long dead before they got trapped in the Amber. The shells had no tissue, and the openings of the shell were filled with sand. The sands were also deposited inside the Amber.

A theory is described that might unfold the mystery of terrestrial and marine organisms trapped together. It might be possible that the flying insects got trapped in the resin that was present on the tree. The resin while flowing down the tree trunk caught the organisms near the tree. When it must have reached the beach, the slaters and shells might have been trapped.

The researchers can assume this theory for now to understand their discovery. This theory concludes that all the marine creatures found in the Amber were dead before they got trapped. They suffered a massive tidal wave, and the shells rolled to the shores and got caught in a tree-resin. The Amber found seems to be older than the area where it was found. It is possible that the Amber found is more than 113 million years old.

After the detailed research, the number of creatures that were countable was recorded in the reports. It included 22 mites, a spider and 12 insects (two beetles, a wasp, a cockroach, and eight flies). All these creatures are trapped in 33mm by 9.5mm by 29mm amber.


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