Midge in amber
Fossil midge in amber (credit: Beth Norris).

Millipede in amber
Fossil millipede in amber (credit: Beth Norris).

More amber pieces acquired for the Queensland Museum

By Phil Creaser
04 September 2012 

Thanks to the generosity of the discoverers, Elizebeth Norris and Dale Wicks, with support from the CREATE fund, the Queensland Museum has added to its collection of amber pieces with a variety of inclusions.

The Museum is currently photographing and documenting the pieces that have been acquired.

The pieces have been recovered from a remote beach on Cape York and have been carefully sorted, cut, polished and inclusions noted and identified by Elizebeth and Dale. The Cape York amber is Australia’s only major amber deposit and one of the few in the Southern Hemisphere.

The preservation in the amber is exceptionally good and a wide range of inclusions identified.

These include a wide range of invertebrate including flies, ants, beetles and spiders as well as botanical inclusions, air and water bubbles, feathers and hairs.

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