Amber from the Age of Dinosaurs
Facts about Amber
A healing agent in traditional medicine, an ingredient in perfume, a type of jewellery, and more relevantly, a fossil preservative, amber is a natural polymer. Essentially, it is fossilised tree resin. Sometimes, insects become stuck in the resin, the resin gradually covers the insect, enclosing it. Over millions of years, the resin hardens and becomes amber. Most amber that is found today is about 35-70 million years old.This was when the later dinosaurs like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Parasaurolopus and Triceratops flourished. The largest and most famous deposits of amber are found in the Baltic Sea Region (Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Denmark, the former Soviet Union, Great Britain, Estonia, Latvia and Holland). The amber found there was formed from the resin of a prehistoric conifer called Pinus succinifera.
From its earliest history adorning the jewelry of ancients on every continent, amber fascinates with its appearance of liquid gold, forever frozen in time. It has been regarded with mystical, even magical reverence for the exquisite preservation of ancient life within its golden tomb.