Geochemical Methods Help Resolve A Long-Standing Debate In Amber Palaeontology
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Kaarel is a research scientist at the University of Alberta in the Geobiology field.

                       

Geochemical Methods Help Resolve A Long-Standing Debate In Amber Palaeontology

Ambers are fossilized plant resins that have found wide use in jewelry-making. They are also a major archive for the study of invertebrate evolution. Yet, their full potential for palaeontological research has long been restricted by uncertain age and place-of-origin relationships between different amber deposits. The ambers are now found far from where they formed and, in some cases, purely palaeontological methods are unable to resolve their exact origin. In a recent study, we used geochemical techniques to show that while...

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