Cretaceous Fossil Snail (Panpulmonata) in Amber - Myanmar

This is a 3.47 mm fossil tree snail (Panpulmonata) in .8" long amber from Myanmar, formerly Burma. This amber is Late Cretaceous in age, so this snail was living at the same time as the dinosaurs. This snail shows very nice detail. Other inclusions are air bubbles, cracks or plant material. Most inclusions in amber are very small and best viewed under magnification.

Please note that insect inclusions in amber such as this one are typically very small and you will need magnification to make out much detail. It is very rare to get larger insects trapped in amber, as they are typically powerful enough to struggle free.

Note: While the Baltic Amber we have sold comes with stunning macro photography in both physical and digital forms this is NOT available for this specimen. The Baltic amber photography was done by our supplier and required hand-polishing the amber surface very close to the inclusion, shooting up to a dozen photos and combining them using photo stacking software. This is not something we can do ourselves with this Burmese amber.

Note #2: There is a lot of false information on the Internet that amber is illegal to export from Myanmar (Burma). Under their laws fossils may not be exported from the country, but under Myanmar Mines Law, amber (including amber with insect inclusions) is classified as a gemstone, and may be exported. Amber has been a large export from the region for centuries, and its mining and sale has been a significant part of the local economy with an estimated 10 tons exported annually.

Burmese amber, or Burmite, is collected from small mines in the Hukawng Valley and is an important source of Cretaceous plant and animal fossils. Geologists suspect that the area was once part of the supercontinent Gondwana.
Panpulmonata punctidae
Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar
3.47mm snail, .8 x .6" amber
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