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Author Poinar, George O.

Title The amber forest : a reconstruction of a vanished world / George Poinar, Jr., and Roberta Poinar ; with photographs and drawings by the authors
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1999]


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 MELB  560.45097293 Poi/Afa  AVAILABLE
Description xviii, 239 pages, <16> leaves of color plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Introduction. From Where and Whence. Why Select Amber for Study? How Biased Are Amber Samples? Structure of Tropical Forests -- 2. The Amber Forest. The Plants. Plant-Feeding Insects. Aquatic Biota. Social Insects. Predators. Parasites and parasitoids. Vertebrates -- 3. Reconstruction of the Amber Forest -- 4. Amber Today. Handling, Photographing, and Preserving Amber. Amber Imitations and Forgeries. Tissue Preservation and Ancient DNA in Amber -- App. A. Frequency of Organisms in Dominican Amber -- App. B. Biota in Dominican Amber
Summary George and Roberta Poinar are world leaders in the study of amber fossils and have spent years examining the uniquely rich supply that has survived from the ancient forests of the Dominican Republic. They draw on their research here to reconstruct in words, drawings, and spectacular color photographs the ecosystem that existed on the island of Hispaniola between fifteen and forty-five million years ago. The result is the most accurate picture scientists have yet produced of any tropical forest of the past. The Poinars present richly detailed drawings of how the forests once appeared. They discuss how and when life colonized Hispaniola and what caused some forms to become extinct. Along the way, they describe how amber is formed, how and where it has been preserved, and how it is mined, sold, and occasionally forged for profit today
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [215]-228) and index
Subject Amber fossils -- Dominican Republic.
Amber -- Dominican Republic.
Paleoecology -- Dominican Republic.
Author Poinar, Roberta.
LC no. 98035388
ISBN 0691057281 paperback
0691028885 cloth alkaline paper