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Mosquito & Insects In Copal Tree Resin 49mm


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Mosquito & insects encapsulated in copal, trapped in the oozing tree resin from the ancient forests of Madagascar.

Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Infraorder: Gekkota, Cuvier, 1817
Genus: Gecko
Age: Approximately 1.6 million years to 10,000 years.
Origin: Madagascar.

Copal measurements.
Length: 4.8 cm
Diameter: 1.6 cm

Approximate weight: 0,008 g

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Copal from prehistoric Madagascar. Within the once flowing tree resin the insect and fauna inclusions are diverse, from flying ant to beetles, fruit flies and what appears to be a large hairy leg of an arachnid. Work identifying the genera of insect life has to be yet determined and classified. The arachnid could have possibly narrowly escaped at the loss of one limb, we shall never know now. However, leaving a record for us of its presence. Also and very interestingly are the inclusions of the insect waste, the faeces from the insects, flies and termites as they must have become incarcerated or tracked across the sticky sap in a vain attempt of escape.

Additional Information

Age Cenozoic
Origin Madagascar