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  • Decades-old amber collection offers new views of an ancient world

    Illinois Natural History Survey paleontologist Sam Heads, left, and laboratory technician Jared Thomas are screening 160 pounds of amber collected in the Dominican Republic in the late 1950s.

    Illinois Natural History Survey paleontologist Sam Heads, left, and laboratory technician Jared Thomas are screening 160 pounds of amber collected in the Dominican Republic in the late 1950s.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • To reach Sam Heads, call 217-244-9448; email swheads@illinois.edu.

    The paper, “A remarkable new pygmy grasshopper (Orthoptera, Tetrigidae) in Miocene amber from the Dominican Republic,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.