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The Discovery of Australia First significant Amber

Cape York Amber research program

Cape York Amber Fauna-insect inclusions and Origins

Amber Fossils a First for Australia

Queensland Museum-Impoprtant acquistions of ancient specimens

Australian Amber acquired for the Queensland Museum - Phil Creaser

Capeyork Amber Fly - Chaetogonopteron bethnorrisae

Amber Archive of Deep Time

Biodiversity of fossils in Amber from major world deposits -Penny , David

CHERRY Amber real or Fake ?

Catalyst - Watch a Documentry on Aussie Amber - Dr Paul Willis

Queensland Science Award -Science Champion


A tiny parasitic wasp in dark Cape York amber a stunning image , has been selected in Australia’s Eureka Prize for Science Photography amoung the ten best for 2015.

The tiny parasitic wasp in dark Cape York amber is 10–20 million years old. A crack in the amber let air in and caused the beautiful silvering effect. Geoff Thompson’s image enabled an overseas expert to remotely identify the wasp as a new species in the genus Phanuromyia (family Platygastridae). The 38 source images needed to produce this photograph were taken on a Visionary Digital imaging system at what was then its maximum magnification.


andrew rozefelds

Andrew Rozefelds - head of the Ancient Environment Program Queensland Museum

World-famous palaeontology imaging expert Paul Tafforeau captivated synchrotron physicists and the general public alike when he spoke in Melbourne about using synchrotrons to bring ancient history to life.

Paul Tafforeau from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility holds a replica of a newly discovered ancient Australian wood beetle.

( new species of Beetle - family Coleoptera synchrotron X-ray image )


Australian Museum

 With support from the CREATE fund, the Queensland Museum has added to its collection of amber pieces with a variety of unknown inclusions.

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