Amber, The Natural Time Capsule

By Andrew Ross

This is a soft backed book on amber by Andrew ross. It has 72 pages and is packed with information. Lots of pictures and good descriptions of the amber and the animals in the amber. The pictures are good, no doubt about that, but this book is a bit different from 'regular' amber books. If you have an insect and you want to identify it, this book has a key for you to figure out if the animal is a fly or mosquito or just a gnat. It is a simple dichotomous key that puts more emphasis on pictures for classification that on terminology. The first of the book goes over "What is Amber?" "The Properties of Amber" and "Fake Amber".

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Here is the Table of Contents:

  • What Is Amber?
  • Properties of Amber
  • Fake Amber
  • The Uses of Amber
  • Where is Amber Found?
  • Baltic Amber
  • Dominican Amber
  • What Is A Species?
  • Amber Inclusions
  • Animal Interractions
  • Plant Inclusions
  • The Search For DNA
  • Biogeography
  • The Insect Fossil Record
  • Insects (Key To Insects Without Wings
  • Incomplete Metamorphorsis (Key To Bugs)
  • Complete Metamorphorsis (Key To Winged Insects)
  • Complete Metamorphorsis II
  • Wasps, Bees, And Ants (Key)
  • Beetles (Key to Beetles)
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • Further Reading and Credits Amber, The Natural Time Capsule

The beauty about this book is that it is easy to read, has great pictures and a magnificent key to the insects.  The book is $19.95


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