Since scientists have discovered the potential of the amber found on Myanmar beach from a paleontological perspective, several discoveries that seem to challenge what we already know about our past were revealed. Only in the past 12 months some frogs, snakes, bug and other land-living creatures have been discovered, which gave us valuable insight into how life evolved on Earth in the past 100 million years ago.
A stunning discovery made by specialists on the Myanmar beach
Lately, specialists came upon a remarkable discovery trapped inside the Myanmar amber: sea creatures laying next to land creatures, more specifically four sea snails and an ocean-living juvenile marine ammonite.
No less than a goblin spider, along with 12 other adult insects and a millipede are comprised inside of a 9 cm3 piece of amber. The researchers claim that this phenomenon is exceptionally uncommon, taking in account the fact that finding aquatic creatures trapped in amber alone is considered to be rare, let alone finding marine organisms in such context, or, even more than that, seeing macroscopic marine creatures in a conglomeration with terrestrial, intertidal or even freshwater fossils.
Amber fossils give scientists a hard time trying to figure out their actual age
Considering that such findings are mostly isolated cases and they are incredibly complex, it turns out that figuring these out is a bit challenging for the scientists. For instance, specialists are still troubled by the fact that a thorough analysis of the amber revealed remains of a volcano rock dating up to 98.8 million years, along with evidence that point to it being 113 million years ago in the sandstone layer found covering the amber.
Since the ammonite concerned was not adequately documented or taken pictures of, there’s no way to confirm its age firmly, nor how old is the amber it was laying upon.
Here is the history of this amber and the ancient marine creature found inside it
Fortunately, the way the marine and terrestrial creatures were caught up in the same amber is more straightforward to deduce than their age. Paleontologists build up an explanatory theory in this regard, which describes that the marine organisms were lifeless when tides or rough waves carried their carapaces on the beach and that it was at that point that they were trapped up in amber.
That seems to be the story of these organisms trapped in the amber found on the Myanmar beach. However this being a stable hypothesis, we might be able to understand this phenomenon further, or even change our theories when we come upon more similar precious items that are yet to be analyzed.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.