Amber and Copal:
Their Significance in the Fossil Record
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A piece of 20-25 million year old Dominican amber showing the classic spider-fly encounter. The spider, (probably a jumping spider) appears to be in the process of attacking the fly, (probably a cranefly) when both were entombed by a resin flow. The "web" that you see is probably just stress lines coincidentally produced in the resin.

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This page was created by Sean Farrell, {B.Sc.(Hons.), 2nd year, Geology} Carleton University, Ottawa Ontario, Canada.

This Web Page was completed on March 31st, 1999.
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