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Images: Amazing Dominican Amber Trove

Electrotettix attenboroughi
A newly-discovered pygmy locust species in Dominican amber.
(Image: © Jared Thomas, Illinois Natural History Survey)

New fossil finds

Wasp

(Image credit: Jared Thomas, Illinois Natural History Survey)

This wasp was discovered in amber collected from the Dominican Republic in 1959, then set aside and rediscovered in 2011. [Read the full story.]

Mating flies

Mating flies

(Image credit: Jared Thomas, Illinois Natural History Survey)

Two flies trapped in sticky tree resin as they mated millions of years ago.

Flower bud

Flower bud

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The head of a pygmy locust rests near a flower bud in amber.

Pygmy locust

Pygmy locust

(Image credit: Jared Thomas, Illinois Natural History Survey)

A new species of pygmy locust named for British naturalist Sir David Attenborough, Electrotettix attenboroughi.

Larvae

Larvae

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Larvae of an unknown species in the Illinois Natural History Survey's amber collection.

Biting midge

Biting midge

(Image credit: Jared Thomas, Illinois Natural History Survey)

Biting midges are tiny, blood-sucking flies that are rarely found as fossils but are perfectly preserved in amber.

Gall midge

Gall midge

(Image credit: Jared Thomas, Illinois Natural History Survey)

A gall midge entombed in amber.

Mammal hairs

Mammal hairs

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Hairs from an unknown mammal species.

Azteca ant

Azteca ant

(Image credit: Jared Thomas, Illinois Natural History Survey)

Azteca ants are a tropical species that live in trees.

Beetle

Beetle in amber

(Image credit: Jared Thomas, Illinois Natural History Survey)

A beetle found in amber from the Dominican Republic.

Fungus gnat

Fungus gnat

(Image credit: Jared Thomas, Illinois Natural History Survey)

The delicate limbs and wings of a fungus gnat were preserved for 20 million years in amber.