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WEALDEN AMBER

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Wealden amber is amongst some of the oldest (and rarest) fossiliferous amber known, dating to the early Cretaceous (140 million years).  It comes from the Lower Ashdown Beds (the base devision of the Hastings Beds), located just above the Purbeck Beds, which are Jurassic in age.  The geology of this area is well know and has been studied for centuries.  Dinosaurs such as Iguanodon, as well as crocodiles, fish and pterosaurs have all been found in these beds.  Wealden amber is relitively new to science, but has so far yielded microscopic air and liquid bubbles, pollen, fungal spores, microbial organisms, botanical specimens and a spider's silk web.

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