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The remains of several unknown insect species, extinct even before dinosaurs died out, were discovered in pieces of 110-million-year-old amber found in Spain.  Palaeontologist Enrique Penalver said the amber discovered in the El Soplao cave in the northern province of Catabrina and was in “exceptional” condition.

An insect found in amber.

An insect found in amber.

Amber is tree sap or resin that is fossilized after millions of years.  Often insects or other debris becomes embedded in the resin after becoming stuck there in life.  Several types of arachnids, as well spider webs and plant remains, were among the fossilised remains in the amber discovered at the site. 

It is the most important amber find to date in Spain and possibly in all of Europe, he added. There are only few other amber finds from that era in the world, so the magnitude of this find is huge, as it allow scientists to learn more about that early point in life on Earth’s history.

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