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Burmese amber (AMNH collection) (Cretaceous of Myanmar)

Also known as Kachin, Ta Nai Village

Where: Myanmar (26.4° N, 96.7° E: paleocoordinates 12.4° N, 93.8° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: Early/Lower Cenomanian (99.7 - 94.3 Ma)

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; amber

• "...inclusions in the piece are numerous frass pellets and wood fragments, further suggestive (besides body form) of arboreal/wood nesting habits of the ant..."
• "reddish-orange amber..."or "transparent yellow amber"

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: original chitin, amber

Collected by Leeward Capitol Corp. in 1999; reposited in the AMNH

• In 2000, the AMNH received 150 kgs. of newly excavated amber from near Myitkyina, Kachin, Myanmar.

Primary reference: M. S. Engel. 2002. The smallest snakefly (Raphidioptera: Mesoraphidiidae): a new species in Cretaceous amber from Myanmar, with a catalog of fossil snakeflies. American Museum Novitates 3363:1-22 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 111688: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Briony Mamo on 27.06.2011, edited by Matthew Clapham, Jered Karr, Arram Noshirvan, Amy Delelli and Anissa Benabbas

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