About Australian Amber


There's nothing more exciting than a mystery - meaning there is still something out there to be discovered ! Australia's first true amber deposit has done just that.

Discovered on the East coast of Australia giving scientist a RARE & unique opportunity to research and understand something new, as yet unrecorded in History .

Our story first began back in 1997 when we (Dale Wicks & Elizebeth Norris ) began to pick up unusual colored stones washing up on a remote beach along the East Coast of Capeyork peninsular . These areas are occupied by large crocodiles wild pigs deadly jelly fish with no human inhabitants with in many km , conditions can become extremely hazardous.

Any significant amounts of Amber were not know to be part of Australia fossil record and finding a scientist that could properly identify our discovery was a huge challenge until we contacted Henk Godthelp Suzanne Hand Mike Archer & Dan Bickel who were willing to explore the possibility of this mysterious discovery.

A successful grant application eventually secured an opportunity to study the highly fossiliferous Cape York amber material with exquisite preservation of insect & botanical inclusions . An age was then determined from fossil insect inclusions studied to-date in the amber, that suggested a maximum early Tertiary (Miocene) age 12-34 million years .

There over 300 insect and Botanical inclusions documented, and some of these are currently being studied by Australian Entomologists and Scientists many more inclusions are in the process of identification. Australian - Capeyork Amber has become very important & exciting and has now been listed among other significant major world deposits .

Australian Copal   - Like other world ambers some copal is also found with Australian amber . It is a younger resin , that behaves differently from that of true amber. Besides the age difference  it is softer than amber and has not advanced through to the same timely extended stage of polymerization.

Australian Copal like Australian amber is still  extremely important to study biodiversity bio- geography ecology and other related subjects based on its inclusions.  

It can be very translucent or have a soft silky sheen in varying degrees of transparency. Generally lightly colored but also know of intensely colored copal nuggets from yellow to brown.


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