Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Encased in Amber

How can one not be transported by the image of the world's oldest spiderweb? This most ephemeral creation has been preserved in a drop of tree's blood for our wondering eyes. Oxford University paleobiologist Martin Brasier has confirmed the web-in-amber found on the south coast of England is approximately 140 million years old. Imagine the circumstances that have given this precious piece of that ancient past to us!

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