Thursday, March 8, 2007

25-Million-Year-Old Tree Frog Found in Amber

An almost perfectly-preserved 25-million-year-old tree frog of the genus Craugastor was found encased in amber (fossilized tree resin) by a Mexican miner in Chiapas state. Its age has been estimated to be such since it was found in layers of earth which were that old. Scientist Gerardo Carbot hopes to drill a hole into the amber and extract DNA from the frog, imitating what was done in the movie Jurassic Park, in which extinct dinosaurs were brought back to life. But he says the owner of the amber (who bought it from the miner) may disagree since it is a very rare specimen.

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