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Tree Frog Preserved For 25 Million Years

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posted on Feb, 17 2007 @ 07:52 AM
A miner found a tree frog that had been preserved in Amber. A scientist said the frog lived about 25 million years ago, based on the geological strata where the amber was found.
A miner in the state of Chiapas found a tiny tree frog that has been preserved in amber for 25 million years, a researcher said. If authenticated, the preserved frog would be the first of its kind found in Mexico, according to David Grimaldi, a biologist and curator at the American Museum of Natural History, who was not involved in the find.
The chunk of amber containing the frog, less than half an inch long, was uncovered by a miner in Mexico's southern Chiapas state in 2005 and was bought by a private collector, who lent it to scientists for study.
A few other preserved frogs have been found in chunks of amber — a stone formed by ancient tree sap — mostly in the Dominican Republic. Like those, the frog found in Chiapas appears to be of the genus Craugastor, whose descendants still inhabit the region, said biologist Gerardo Carbot of the Chiapas Natural History and Ecology Institute. Carbot announced the discovery this week.

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Besides attracting a lot of attention.....This is amazing. I thought this kind of stuff was just found in Hollywood Blockbuster movies. As it turns out it is real.

It is absolutely unbelievable that Amber can preserve things the way it does. Can Amber be mined to find out more about our past history and possibly things we have no knowledge of. I hope so. I suppose all we can do is cross our fingers and hope that more and more things of interest are found preserved in Amber.

[edit on 17-2-2007 by DontTreadOnMe]

posted on Feb, 17 2007 @ 07:45 PM
Has anyone else heard of "Other" things being found in Amber? Since reading this article I have become very interested in researching more about the factoids out there regarding Tree Sap Amber. I believe the implications it may have on the cryptozoological community could be widespread. And although I am usually very interested in most areas of science I am totally clueless as to this actually taking place in the "REAL" world. So, any facts and theories would be greatly appreciated.

posted on Feb, 17 2007 @ 08:37 PM
It really is amazing (at least to me.)

This is a web page from the American Museum of Natural History concerning amber and the preservation of ancient matter within it:

Although I would not describe myself as an enthusiast or as someone with an enormous amount of interest in this subject, I must confess that I certainly find myself fascinated and in awe of the way something like this can give us insight into Earth's biological history. Just because the phenomenon is well known doesn't make it any less interesting or awe inspiring. That nature sometimes preserves things for millennia like this is truly remarkable, however much its common occurrence may lead some to take it for granted. But then, I still find dinosaur bones awe inspiring as well, while others have become "used to them."

posted on Feb, 19 2007 @ 02:29 AM
Great that's the DNA we need for the missing dino DNA

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