The 30 million-year-old mantis is perfectly preserved in amber

Amber often comes in many different colors, but the most common color is yellow brown, they are considered

Amber often comes in many different colors, but the most common color is yellow brown, they are considered a "storage museum" of ancient insects with almost perfect preservation ability.

The mantis is trapped in a piece of amber that is just over 3cm high and freezes forever over millions of years. This unique piece of amber was sold through the Heritage Auction for $ 6,000 in 2016. This pristine amber piece from the Dominican Republic is one of the rare pieces of preserved mantis from prehistoric times. history .

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Amber found in Central and South America are all made from the resin of the Hymenaea protera tree.

In fact, this piece of amber itself comes from the extinct Hymenaea protera , a prehistoric legume. Most amber found in Central and South America is made up of the resin of this plant.

This piece of amber dating from The Oligocene or Tiem Tan is a geological form that lasted from 33.9 to 23 million years ago.

The Eocene or Thuy Tan is a major division in the geologic age and the second Paleogene in the Xinjiang era. The Eocene extends from the end of the Paleocene until the beginning of the Oligocene.

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This ancient mantis looks no different from today's mantis.

And what is even more surprising is that the mantis of the period of the period was not so different from what we see today.

Today there are more than 2,400 species of mantises, which mainly live in tropical climates. But the first mantises, appearing 135 million years ago, come from a place colder than present-day Siberia. Some early fossils even showed ancient mantises to have thorns on their forelegs, like modern mantises.

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Today there are more than 2,400 species of mantises, which mainly live in tropical climates.

So far the oldest form of amber was found in the carbon age (about 345 million years ago). The oldest specimen of amber containing fossils was found amber about 146 million years ago.

The Baltic and Dominican countries are the "main sources" of the supply of amber in the world. Baltic amber is older, so is favored by the market, but Dominica amber is more "frozen" than insects.

In the Baltic region, the largest amber mine is located in the western part of Russia's Kaliningrad, in addition to amber found in Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Germany, sometimes amber drifting off the Baltic coast. Danish and Norwegian.

Other sources of amber are in countries like Myanmar, Lebanon, Scicily Island, Mexico, Romania and Canada.

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