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Preservation of fossil birds in amber

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I read news stories about the discovery of extinct birds in Myanmar being preserved in Burmese amber. Does any have an idea of how these birds could have survived in Burmese amber without their skin decomposing? Can you image a Miocene fossil bird from the Caribbean being preserved in Dominican amber?

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Some resins have properties that help preserve organic matter. See this article about preservation of fossils in amber: https://blog.everythingdinosaur.co.uk/blog/_archives/2018/05/01/unlocking-the-secrets-of-the-insect-in-amber-fossilisation-process.html

 

See this paper regarding preservation of fossils in amber: 

 

 Unlocking preservation bias in the amber insect fossil record through experimental decay 
McCoy VE, Soriano C, Pegoraro M, Luo T, Boom A, et al. (2018)Unlocking preservation bias in the amber insect fossil record through experimental decay. PLOS ONE 13(4): e0195482.https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0195482

 

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0195482

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