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Coleoptera And Insects In Copal


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Coleoptera and insects in copal showcasing a large section of perhaps once a much larger stalactitic form of fossilised copal. The light hue of the fossilised tree sap is excellent platform to view the myriad of life now encased within. The main inclusions appear to be large Embiotera. Several types are distinguishable from a variation of angles, enabling an overall analysis of all the insect's anatomical morphologies. Towards the base, as seen in the main photograph, you can see what appears to be a sinuous fauna specimen similar to a thin reed-type leaf. Inclusions of flying insects can also be seen comprising Isoptera (termites) and Coleoptera (beetles).

Overall, this copal specimens provides an exceedingly interesting insight into the ancient petrified forests of Madagascar.

Genus: Probably web spinner, Embiotera; Isoptera; Coleoptera.
Age: Approximately 1.6 million years to 10,000 years old.
Origin: Madagascar.

Copal measurements.
Height: 14.1 cm
Width: 6.4 cm
Depth: 1.3 cm

Approximate weight: 0,043 g

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Coleoptera and insects in copal which are suspended in the amberlescent window, petrified within copal or fossilised tree sap resin having been lured onto the tree sap. Seeping from the ancient trees in the tropical jungles of Madagascar, these incredible capsules now lie in the Indian Ocean 250 miles off the south eastern coast of Africa.

This petrified copal displays excellent clarity with a varied collection of encapsulated prehistoric insects which are easily picked out within the golden hues of the clear copal. One of the insects present includes a Nematocera Sciaridae, (Fungus gnat) with veined wings. Most copal discovered in the Southern Hemisphere, in South America and southern parts of Africa, are considered to be under 65,000 years old. As carbon dating is not considered accurate beyond 50,000 years old it is presently considered difficult to date these petrified and fossilised specimens, therefore, until further research is published these specimens remain scientifically undeterminable.

The window into an ancient lost world? romantic musing perhaps!? Nevertheless, the undeniable mysteries of the glowing and tactile fossil resin, added to the trapped flora and fauna within, stimulates ones mind. Here, in these globules of prehistoric moments, we can view a still life of calamities of the prehistoric forest frozen forever. Some of us as children may have placed time capsules into the ground with treasured possessions, here, naturally made paleontological capsules have been similarly laid down. How interesting and enlightening are the bridges to the past these organic tombs provide. To hold in ones hand moments cast forth tens of thousands to millions of years to the present is mesmerising. As one orientates the golden nectar through light to gaze at creatures dancing a chaotic waltz, now paused for all time.