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]