Insects inside amber fossils 20 million years old

Undated handout pictured provided on 18 April 2011 by Meyer Paleontological Museum of an insect fossilized in amber, which a group of Peruvian scientists found several examples of animals and plants fossilized in amber in a 20 million year old reservoir, said Hönningen Klaus, who led the research team. Hönningen, who directs in Chiclayo, northern Peru, the Meyer-Hönningen Paleontological Museum, said that pieces of amber contain insects Psocoptera, Diptera, Coleoptera, Hemiptera and spiders, as well as spores and pollen fossils, and even a drop of blood and remains of hair from a mammal rodent. (AP)

These incredible pictures show tiny insects that were preserved in precious amber stones - 20 million years ago.

The tiny creatures are believed to have roamed the earth alongside dinosaurs and before the ice age three million years ago.

According to the Daily Mail, specimens from the period are rare but they were amazed when they unearthed the almost perfectly preserved creepy-crawlies in northern Peru.

They were found inside small chunks or precious amber rock in a 20 million year old reservoir in Chiclayo, northern.

Honningen Klaus, who led the research team, said: 'The pieces of amber contains insects Psocoptera, Diptera, Coleoptera, Hemiptera and spiders, as well as spores and pollen fossils, and even a drop of blood and remains of hair from a mammal rodent.'

The research team was from the Meyer-Honningen Paleontological Museum in Peru.

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