A microworld in Triassic amber

@article{Schmidt2006AMI,
  title={A microworld in Triassic amber},
  author={Alexander R. Schmidt and Eugenio Ragazzi and Olimpia Coppellotti and Guido Roghi},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2006},
  volume={444},
  pages={835-835}
}
Amber provides an effective medium for conservation of soft-bodied microorganisms, but finds older than 135 million years are very rare and have not so far contained any microbial inclusions. Here we describe 220-million-year-old droplets of amber containing bacteria, fungi, algae and protozoans that are assignable to extant genera. These inclusions provide insight into the evolution and palaeoecology of Lower Mesozoic microorganisms: it seems that the basal levels of food webs of terrestrial… Expand
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