A microworld in Triassic amber

@article{Schmidt2006AMI,
  title={A microworld in Triassic amber},
  author={A. Schmidt and E. Ragazzi and O. Coppellotti and G. Roghi},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2006},
  volume={444},
  pages={835-835}
}
  • A. Schmidt, E. Ragazzi, +1 author G. Roghi
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • 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… CONTINUE READING

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