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Everyone should have some specimens of Colombian Copal for their collections. It is truly lovely material with a clarity that is unmatched!

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Colombian Copal

How old is Colombian Copal? The age of Colombian (South America) copal still remains an open question. In fact in some papers you can find uncertain "Tertiary" age (see for example the table in Langenheim's review, American Scientist, 78:16-24, 1990), or in other papers also Pliocene-Pleistocene; accurate determinations made by means of 14C revealed that Colombian copal from the region of Santander is in the order of just 200 years old (Clifford et al., Org. Geochemistry, 27:449-464, 1997), practically recent resin. There are others who feel that certain Colombian copals are in the terms of many millions of years.

Most of the Colombian copal that is offered for sale is from the Andes Mountains in South Amberica. It could be up to 16 million years old. Since I have not had it tested for time, I cannot conclusively say the age. If there is something in particular that you are looking for but cannot find it on this page, let us know, we probably have it!

A note for those interesting in large quantities. We have large quantities of Colombia copal for sale. Example prices range from $620 per kilogram to about $1100 (polished with good quality insects.) We can supply lots up to 8 kilograms. Let us know what you want.

$99
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1. Neat piece, in fact beautiful piece. This is very clear with what may have been roots going through. Has 2 bubbles also. Flat on the bottom, perfect for a "small" desk ornament. A sure conversation starter.
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$59
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2. Perfect sized piece, this beauty has a bunch of termite wings (no bodies) and this makes it look really cool. Also there is a moth fly, a bunch of flies and gnats and even a winged ant. It weighs 17.4 grams.
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$95
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3. This is loaded. It has a lot of fly's and even has what I think are plant roots (although I am not at all sure.) You will spend a lot of time discovering new things in this large piece of Colombian copal.
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$26
4. Straight forward nice piece of copal with a few insects, one which reminds me of a queen ant. This is priced to sell.
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$1172
SOLD

5. Here it is - the thing you never see in copal or amber. This contains a small lizard. Really. This looks like a baby lizard, I cannot ID it, but is is only half an inch or so. Obscured on the top side, easier to see on the bottom side. The lizard is in particularly good shape. Lots of insects and other animals around the lizard and throughout the piece. There is an ant, some midges and what appears to be a very large beetle. Vertebrates in copal are rare. Usually a vertebrate can pull itself away from the sticky resin where a small flying insect cannot. So the ones that end up in copal/amber are either weakened and compromised or very small. This one is small (but perfect). We have priced this specimen very low - way below market value. This will be the crown in any collection.

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$58
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6. There is a lot here. Among other things, a spider, a gnats, midges, files - quite a lot. This is fun to look at, rather clear and things are easily seen. Just a real good piece with flies and even a bee.  

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$97

7. You know, each piece is special and this is no exception. It really does look like there are mammalian hairs on one side of this copal! One side of me says they taper wrong and the other says they look perfect! I just do not know for sure. You be the judge. There is also a lot of other stuff, a roach, a spider, and a bunch of flies. Half of the piece (fairly large) is occluded with some unknown layer of stuff. The other side is good.

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$99
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8. Large and flat piece of copal. This has just about everything you can think of. Lots of fun to look at - even has plants material. Lots of files, gnats and others to keep anyone busy for a long time. This even has an unknown!
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$37
9. This has a lot of stuff in it, a fly and a nice wasp, some long antennae attached to nothing, but the real thing I like in this is the spider. It is cool. Enjoy the pictures.
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$748

10. Here is the piece. You will never find a cooler piece than this. Look at the image - looks like an ant, eh? Now count the legs - this is a spider, Araneae. It is an ant mimic spider. Talk about evolution at its best. This spider has evolved to look like an ant so it can pass itself off and eat what it looks like. The best example of animal mimicry that I have ever seen. This is one for everyone's collection.

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$219
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11. Good sized piece of Colombian copal. This contains a Phasmid, (walking stick) near one side. It weighs 18.2 grams. The copal is very clear and light yellow. There are 2 other gnats and some organic debris here. The piece is nice and the specimen is rare.
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$126
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12. This is a very large piece of copal with some great animals inside. A little bit of everything from a bee to fly, gnats to miscellaneous body parts scattered around. This is a quality piece. Take a look at the scan as see the size.
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$76

13. If you like termites, look no further. Not only that, but the detail on these animals is fantastic. Clear copal, lots of termites, just plain fun. There are some great air bubbles in bubbles.
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$91
14. What a piece of copal. The fungus gnat shows wonderful patterns on the wings (very unusual). This has a large planthopper, a few ants, midges and flies. Lots here to keep anyone interested - and the piece is big. Not as clear as some of the others, but what it has inside makes up for it.
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$118
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15. Large and very clear. This is a great piece. Has a small curve to it, and oh what bugs! There are midges, files, gnats, just a great piece of copal.
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$58
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16. Nice winged termite near the middle, along with a host of others, such as a fly and gnats. There is a crane fly with some of it's famous long legs along with a "cast of others". This is a thick piece.
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$72
17. What a great piece. This is a very large and flat piece of copal. There is about anything you can image in this piece. From what may be a weevil to a fly, gnats, parts, ants, wasps - every time you look at this you will find something new. Good piece, good price.
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$345
18. This is a very piece of copal. It has some of the strangest things I've ever seen. While there are many, many termites, gnats, midges and ants (all of which are partly obscured by air bubbles) there are the strangest plant (?) formations! I cannot exactly figure them out, especially the big one with radiating spokes. There is one thing I can make out and am sure about - this has hair - mammalian hair! That is practically unheard of. Some animals must have brushed up against the sticky resin and lost a few hairs. This is very rare and very valuable. This piece even has a weevil, Superfamily Curculionoidea: Cossoninae.
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$46
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19. A particularly nice piece of clear copal, this has a large unknown, a springtail and a few others. I like this because it is so clear.
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$69

20. This has an unusual shape. Inside is a nice winged termite, and bunch of fly's, some gnats, a couple of unknowns and the prettiest moss top I have seen. This is a good piece and you will enjoy it. There is even another primitive plant in this one.
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$86

21. Ever hold something in your hand and just think, wow. This is one of those. Very clear with great air bubbles and a beautiful number of worker termites. Just a lovely piece that stirs the imagination when you look at it.
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$61

22. Clear with a good size, fun to hold. There is a nice, small spider near the middle and a nice piece of a primitive plant not too far away. Lots of other small animals, including a bunch of flies and other animals. This has many ancient air bubbles.
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$633
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23. This piece is as impressive as they get. Are you looking for something to set on your desk to impress folks? This will do it! Large, almost 5 inches containing a perfect leaf, an extremely large bee (some small ones also), beetles such as a platypodidae beetle, a spider (large one at that), gnats of all types, flies - you name it, this piece has it. Most of the animals in this copal are easily seen without a microscope. All I think of when I see this piece is "perfect - large - impressive", you will also. This is a capstone piece for your collection.
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$53

24. Termite wings, an unknown ball of fuzz and some ancient air bubbles. Yes, there are some other insects, but they are hard to see. Nice shape and design to this piece.
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$137
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25. This is a big chunk of copal. It has some unusual animals such as a beautiful planthopper, a couple of spiders, a moth, a large winged termite - this is one of those that every time you look at it, you will see something different. It is a great piece of copal. Even large enough to just lay it on a desk.
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$57

26. This has a good sized planthopper that even shows some of the patterning on it's wings. There is a bee and a few other animals. I must point out to you the very unusual plant twig (small) - the shape of the leaves is very unusual.
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$119
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27. Some pieces are just hard to describe. This is large, long and thick and has so much in it, it would take you a long time to see it all. There are plant parts, midges, gnats, beetles, flies and a ton of stuff that I do not know. This is a fun piece.
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