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Insects in Amber

A science lecture about amber - Nature's time capsule, by Dr Andrew Ross, Curator of Fossil Arthropods, Natural History Museum, London.

Amber, the fossilized resin of ancient trees, is remarkable for its ability to preserve prehistoric, organic remains for millions of years. This lecture will provide an introduction to this beautiful and fascinating material. Using exquisite images of insects found in amber, Dr Ross will explain what they can tell us about past environments. He will also describe how to distinguish genuine amber from fake, and recount the real-life efforts to extract intact DNA from insect inclusions (as made famous in fiction by Michael Crichton and the Hollywood blockbuster "Jurassic Park").

Dr Ross has authored a book on amber, and has appeared in the media. He was an expert consultant on David Attenborough's recent television documentary "The Amber Time Machine".


Dr Andrew Ross | talks


Date and Time:

19 January 2006 at 7:00 pm


1 hour



Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Lensfield Road
01223 336300
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Organised by:

Society of Chemical Industry (Cambridge & Great Eastern Section)
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