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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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      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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      Sir David Attenborough narrates and appears in a video about the digital curation of a 20-million-year-old amber collection at the Illinois Natural History Survey at Illinois.

      Photo courtesy of Kaitlin and Kevin Southworth

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      Scientists have found a fossilized pygmy locust that represents an intermediate stage in the evolution of this group of insects.

      Photo courtesy of Sam Heads

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      Milton Sanderson, an entomologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, collected amber from the Dominican Republic. He reported on a few specimens, but the bulk of the amber is only now being screened for fossils.

      Photo courtesy of Milton Sanderson family

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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.