Fauna and flora of the amber forest, which is a few words about inclusions in Baltic amber

15 May 2017 /  

Discover the traces of life from 40 million years ago preserved in Baltic amber

Inclusion in Baltic amber is all that got into it naturally when the resin flowed from the trees. They are mainly plants and animals that lived in the amber forest, but they can also be air bubbles, water, dust, sand or pyrite.

Numerous animal inclusions have been preserved in the amber nuggets. First of all, insects are found whose size does not exceed one centimeter. However, larger insects are rare. Based on many years of paleontological research, we can certainly say that birds, reptiles and mammals lived in the amber forest. This is evidenced by various inclusions, among others mammal hair, lizards, snail shells or bird feathers. The lumps of amber also have characteristic dents that resemble animal footprints.

The flora of the amber forest is quite rare. Based on the found fragments of bark, wood, flowers and spores, leaves and needles, it was found that about 215 plant species lived in the amber forest. It is impossible to list all of them here. They were, among others redwoods, date palms, oaks, chestnuts, olive and cinnamon trees, maples, wild wine, ferns, grasses, tea bushes, mosses, lichens, mushrooms and many species of pinewoods.

Inclusions in Baltic amber have always been treated in a special way. They are currently sought after, admired and appreciated. They are also the subject of scientific research. They should be treated with due respect because they conceal the "life" of many millions of years ago.

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