Madagascan - Copal

Insects in Copal 134mm

£122.00 GBP

Hairy arachnid leg in copal measuring 134mm displaying insect and fauna inclusions are diverse, from the 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.

Naturally petrified within copal, the insect life having been trapped on excreted sap, which seeped from ancient trees of tropical jungles of Madagascar, the exotic island which now lies in the Indian ocean 250 miles off the coast of southeastern Africa. Madagascar developed in isolation a unique flora and fauna over the millennia, much of which remains peculiar to the island.

Most copal discovered in the Southern Hemisphere, in South America and Southern parts of Africa is considered to be under 65,000 years old. As carbon dating is not considered accurate normally over 50,000 years it is presently considered difficult to date these petrified and fossilised specimens, therefore until further research is published, presently these fossilised tree resins are somewhat scientifically indeterminable.

Genus: Arachnid, Beetles and Flora stem.
Age: Approximately 1.6 million years to 10,000 years.
Origin: Madagascar.

Copal measurements.
Length: 13.4 cm
Depth: 3.8 cm
Height: 5.4 cm
Weight: 0,059 g

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