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Colombian Copal

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

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.

Item 1

Colombian Copal with Fossils

Neat piece, with a lot of stuff inside. First there are 3 winged termites, a spider, some gnats and believe it or not, some mammalian hair. Just a great piece of copal. There is a piece of a Bryophyte and even two flower heads that never opened. If you have a microscope, you have an hour of looking ahead of you.

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SOLD

Item 2

Colombian Copal with Fossils

A face only a mother could love. The fly is central and large. Scattered around are a dozen or so scuttle flies and a bunch of dark winged fungus gnats, Sciaridae. A good piece with great clarity and busy beyond belief.

 
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$99

Item 3

Colombian Copal with Fossils

This a large, flat, clear piece. It is about 2 inches x 2 inches x .3 inches. There are 4 or 5 worker termites and a few beautiful bubbles within bubbles (en-hydros). the center of the piece has a half inch hole (natural) in it. Finally there is a mite that got caught up in a spider web (unusual). Cool piece.

 
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$85

Item 4

Colombian Copal with Fossils

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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SOLD

Item 5

Colombian Copal with Fossils

Long and thin piece, this has a couple of flies and some termite wings. Good piece at a great price.

 

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SOLD

Item 6

Colombian Copal with Fossils

A great piece with loads of termite wings - all at one edge of the copal. This has one of the most beautiful fruit flies, Drosophilia, I have ever seen. It also has a pair of mating gnats (rare). You will love this piece.  

 

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$98

Item 9

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

This has small air bubbles with makes the piece hard to see through. It is loaded though with ancient life. Flies, beetles and just a bunch more. You will see something different every time you look at it.

 
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$72

Item 10

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

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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$748

Item 11

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

Clear with a moth fly and another 'regular' fly. Nice piece that will not break the bank. This has a sprig of a Bryophyte.

 
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SOLD

Item 12

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

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 body parts, miscellaneous body parts scattered around. This is a quality piece. Take a look at the scan as see the size.
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SOLD

Item 13

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

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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$76

Item 14

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

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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$91

Item 15

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

Large piece with a rough side to it. Busy, lots of stuff inside, including a good looking moth, a leaf bract, a fly, what looks like a click beetle, just a lot of fun stuff.

 
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$88

Item 16

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

What a piece. This is large and just beautiful. There are more than a dozen tropical stingless bees along with a few gnats, a spider and beetle larvae. The catcher in this piece is the monstrous fly with red eyes near one end - just beautiful.

 
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$158

Item 17

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

What a great piece. This is a very large and flat piece of copal. There is about anything you can image 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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SOLD

Item 18

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

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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$345

Item 19

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

A large piece, long and thick. The most interesting thing about this is that there are remnants of a spiders web throughout the piece. Even looks like a female worker ant pulled part of the web along with her. Cool piece.

 
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$76

Item 20

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

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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$69

Item 21

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

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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$86

Item 22

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

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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$61

Item 23

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

If the animal on the right is a mosquito, it is an ugly mosquito at that. One end of the copal has a very large spider. The other portions of the copal have things like gnats, wasps and some unknowns.

 
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SOLD

Item 24

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

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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$53

Item 25

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

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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SOLD

Item 26

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

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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$57

Item 27

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

Rather large, about 4 inches x 1 inch x .3 inches, this piece probably has everything. There is a large bee, a pair of termite wings, many different wasps, ants and a few flies and even a Bryophyte. It really does have a lot inside. It weighs 26.7 grams - and we are pricing this one VERY well.

 
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SOLD

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