Amber Around the World

  • By Peter Tyson
  • Posted 02.14.06
  • NOVA

Found from the Arctic to the tropics, from Mexico to Myanmar to the Middle East, amber that contains remains of ancient plants and animals is cosmopolitan. On our interactive map, sample major sources of fossil-bearing amber and learn about their age, distribution, and other interesting facts that set them apart from one another.

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From the Arctic to the tropics, from Mexico to Myanmar—see the richest sources of fossil amber on Earth.

This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program Jewel of the Earth.


The source for this feature was Life in Amber, by George O. Poinar, Jr. (Stanford University Press, 1992), with updates by Dr. Poinar. Note that all ages and number of recorded fossil-bearing pieces are approximate. The number of recorded pieces containing fossils is particularly hard to estimate, as they are continually being unearthed and yet not all pieces are described.


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