6mm Cretaceous Fossil Feather In Amber - Myanmar

While scare finds, the presence of Cretaceous aged feathers has been well documented from Burmese amber. There have even been several complete birds found preserved in amber over the past decade.

This is a small, but fantastically detailed, 6.33mm long fossil feather fragment preserved in Late Cretaceous amber from Myanmar (formerly Burma). It is likely a body feather like down. While it likely came from a bird, many theropod dinosaurs that lived around this time are also thought to have feathers, likely used for insulation.

In addition to the feather this amber contains a host of insects:
Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Crane Flies (Tipulidae)
Flies (Diptera)

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's 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 photography of the baltic amber was done by our supplier and required hand polishing the amber surface very close to the inclusion, shooting up to a dozen photos and combing 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 it's mining and sale makes up 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.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Unidentified
LOCATION
Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar
SIZE
6.33mm in 1.2 x .9" amber
CATEGORY
ITEM
#107499
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