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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.