Australian Amber Fossils

There are over 900 Australian Amber insect and Botanical inclusions documented to date. Most of these are Holotyes and are presently being studied by Australian Entomologists and Scientists , many more are in the process of identification. Some inclusions present are small millipedes with slightly flattened bodies , Wasps , spiders , a large array of Midges and gnats , termites & ants , booklice , ticks & mites , beetles , weevils and Rare feathers.

Feathers from unknown species , Weevil & Millipede image©Elizebeth Norris

Fossil flowers, petals & other unusual botanical inclusions are also preserved in Australian amber . These inclusions can be extremely important to scientists in helping to reconstruct the ecosystems and ancient organisms .

The Queensland Museum is presently undertaking the huge task of identifying and imaging the Australian Amber specimen collection.

Using new technology a series of digital photographs are taken in slices and combined into one sharp montaged image. The resulting images are clear and reveal important structures with details.

Link to Queensland Museum web site

( Wasp - family Hymenoptera ) Image By Geoff Thompson, Queensland Museum

Microphotograph taken by Queensland Museum - Dr. Robert Raven Head, Terrestrial Biodiversity & Senior Curator (Arachnida).

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An ant preserved with in Australian Cape York amber has also been revealed by synchrotron X-ray imaging .The facility in France was able to use scanned images to make almost perfect three-dimensional giant models of some of the creatures, including a new species of beetle.

(Ants -Family Formicidae synchrotron X-ray imaging)

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( new species of Beetle - family Coleoptera synchrotron X-ray imaging )

(synchrotron X-ray imaging )

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( Ulomine Tenebrionid Beetle - family Coleoptera )

image©Elizebeth Norris

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A fly Family - Diptera Dolichopodidae is the first species to be described from Cape York amber by Dr. Dan Bickel , Principal Research Scientist at Australian Museum .

Chaetogonopteron bethnorrisae n.sp. Family -Diptera: Dolichopodidae

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( Midges - family Diptera Nematocera )

A large selection of midges with slender soft bodies

inhabited the amber forest.

image©Elizebeth Norris

image©Elizebeth Norris

image©Elizebeth Norris

image©Elizebeth Norris

image©Elizebeth Norris

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( large Fly - family Diptera )

image©Elizebeth Norris

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( wasps - family Hymenoptera )

Winged wasps (Hymenoptera ) mostly occur on flowers or vegetation

some live on the ground or in debris.

image©Elizebeth Norris

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( Tick - family Ixodidae 1.5mm )

( Parasitengona Adult Microtrombidiidae - 0.5mm )

image©Elizebeth Norris

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( Botanical Inclusions in Australian amber )

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image©Elizebeth Norris

( Spiders - family Araneida )

Exquisite spiders - occurring in many habitats .

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