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Amber, The Natural Time Capsule

By Andrew Rossr

From Our Editors
In engaging style & fascinating detail, the authors describe the miracle of the preserved invertebrates they found, frozen in a piece of amber formed up to 225 million years ago--the same technological concept used in Jurassic Park. Color &
b&w photos.

Annotation
In passages that read more like an Indiana Jones screenplay than scientific research, the Poinars describe how their hobby-turned-obsession ultimately led to a breakthrough scientific finding: the discovery of preserved insect DNA in amber. Photos.

From the Publisher
In passages that read more like an Indiana Jones screenplay than scientific research, the Poinars describe how their hobby-turned-obsession ultimately led to a breakthrough scientific finding: the discovery of preserved insect DNA in amber. Photos.

From The Critics
Booknews
The Poinars (entomology, UC Berkeley) recount their thirty-year scientific odyssey collecting ancient specimens preserved in amber from around the world. They chronicle the efforts to extract DNA from the specimens, and open a window onto the exotic world of amber and amber collectors, a world populated by black marketeers, gun-toting guerillas, and scientists racing to unravel the secrets of 125 million-year-old DNA. Includes b&w and color photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

 

 

From Publishers Weekly
George Poinar, an entomologist at UC-Berkeley, and Roberta Poinar, an electron microscopist there, began with an avocational interest in amber and a simple question about the possibility of cell preservation in fossils often found in the hardened resin. It was only coincidence, they maintain, that their 1991 discovery that the tissue of bees preserved in amber contained DNA 25-40 million years old closely fit the subject of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. Here the husband-and-wife team details how a hobby led to a compelling thesis, taking readers on a tour of the world's fossil amber beds from Scandinavian beaches to the Caribbean to Russia, Africa and New Zealand, offering bits of gemology, social history and molecular science. The likelihood of a Jurassic Park scenario playing out in real life remains firmly theoretical, the Poinars reiterate, in their engaging tale of an absorbing search. Photos.

This is a great book and a welcome addition to anyone's library.

Table
of Contents:

Amber from the Sea
The Russian Connection
Looking at Amber Close Up
African Safari
Adventures with Tomb Amber
Excursion in Poland
Searching for Berber Amber
Bringing them Back Alive
Million Year-Old Cells
Pursuing Ancient DNA
Amber South of the Border
The Extinct DNA Study Group
Western European Collections
Amber in the Caribbean
Amber Down Under
Rekindling the Quest of Ancient DNA
Going Back In Time
Jurassic Park Repercissions
Amber From the Dinosaur Period
Older and Older
Famous Fossils
Amber Intrigue
Anicent DNA
Future Implications

 

This is a soft covered book.

$21.95

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