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Colombian Copal Amber with Insects

A snapshot into geologic time, this amazing specimen of insects inside of Copal or "Young Amber" comes from the Hymeneae oblongnifolia tree of Colombia. Colombian copal amber has exceptional clarity, beautiful orange and gold colors, and often contains very detailed insect inclusions like those seen here. This specimen features a large prominent winged insect, with several smaller insects alongside. It has been polished to a high gloss finish.

Copal amber (or young amber) is a slightly different classification of tree resin than ancient amber. Ancient amber has "crystallized" or solidified to a harder extent than copal amber,  but it forms in the same way. Insects become trapped inside of resin which has been exuded from a tree either for defense purposes or as a healing mechanism following damage. This resin then begins to solidify and harden, encapsulating the insects inside! 

The remains of the resin fall to the forest floor and if sufficiently polymerized will then wash into stream beds, or swamps where they are transported naturally to deposition sites. Some remain within the tissue of the tree and are later found preserved in coal deposits. 

The age ranges of Copal from Colombia vary depending upon the region where it was collected and have been dated to between tens of thousands, up to 5 million years old. Colombian copal is considerably harder than copal amber specimens from other locations throughout the world, making it likely from the older part of that age range.

This specimen fluoresces blue under UV light. 

Approx. 1.75" H x 1.75" W x .25" Deep

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