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Fossil Record A palaeontological open-access journal of the Museum für Naturkunde
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Amber is fossilized resin and so has a terrestrial source; however, very rarely have marine microorganisms been reported, and only in a few amber pieces. We aim to understand how this rare phenomenon could be possible. Several different mechanisms were proposed, and we then tested the wind-blown idea via our experiments on resin-rich forests on the coast of New Caledonia. These forests encompass the best model for the Cretaceous ambers that contain these marine microorganisms.
FR | Articles | Volume 21, issue 2
Foss. Rec., 21, 213–221, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/fr-21-213-2018
Foss. Rec., 21, 213–221, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/fr-21-213-2018

Research article 29 Aug 2018

Research article | 29 Aug 2018

Marine microorganisms as amber inclusions: insights from coastal forests of New Caledonia

Alexander R. Schmidt et al.

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Amber is fossilized resin and so has a terrestrial source; however, very rarely have marine microorganisms been reported, and only in a few amber pieces. We aim to understand how this rare phenomenon could be possible. Several different mechanisms were proposed, and we then tested the wind-blown idea via our experiments on resin-rich forests on the coast of New Caledonia. These forests encompass the best model for the Cretaceous ambers that contain these marine microorganisms.
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