Identification of Carboniferous (320 Million Years Old) Class Ic Amber

  title={Identification of Carboniferous (320 Million Years Old) Class Ic Amber},
  author={P. Sargent Bray and Ken B. Anderson},
  pages={132 - 134}
Extra Ancient Amber Amber is fossilized tree resin, typically produced by trees in response to an injury. Most amber is Mesozoic or Cenozoic in age (dating back as far as 250 million years ago), and the most common class, produced primarily by angiosperms, is formed from distinct complex polyterpenoids. Bray and Anderson (p. 132; see the Perspective by Grimaldi) now find that amber from the Carboniferous, dating to more than 300 million years ago, long before the evolution of angiosperms, has a… 
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our experimentation could eventually be used to discredit our findings, should they happen not to agree with the original observations. It seems important that all experiments in the rapidly