‘Amber’ is a general term used to describe the fossilised resin of trees. It is most familiar as a precious substance used for jewellery, but also highly prized by scientists and collectors because it sometimes contains the remains of small invertebrate animals, including insects, mites and spiders. It may also contain plants, fungi and, rarely, small vertebrate animals or evidence of them, such as hairs or feathers.
Images and text from: In Search of Ancient Queensland.
Principal Authors: Dr Alex Cook and Dr Andrew Rozefelds.
Published by the Queensland Museum, 2015.
Photographers: Geoff Thompson, Paul Tierney
The Queensland Museum has been able to acquire and carry out research on the Cape York amber thanks to the generous support of Queensland Museum Foundation donors, Phil Creaser and Paul and Sue Taylor.