This Year in Ancient Amber: Prehistoric Feathers, Mushrooms, Lizards and More

These ancient amber fossils from Burma in Southeast Asia help complete the patchy record of lizard evolution. (David Grimaldi)

These ancient amber fossils from Burma in Southeast Asia help complete the patchy record of lizard evolution. (David Grimaldi)

For decades, generations of Jurassic Park lovers have dreamed of finding intact dino DNA encased in amber. Unfortunately, science tells us that’s probably impossible (such a buzzkill, science). But some of the treasures that have come to light this year may be even more mindblowing: From a Methuselah mushroom to a fuzzy dino tail, hordes of new amber-encased creatures have made themselves known to science in 2016.

These myriad forms of prehistoric life—each caught in the gooey resin that oozed from trees millions of years ago—offer scientists a tantalizing glimpse into the creatures that once inhabited our world. But in case the wonder hasn’t crystallized for you quite yet, here are ten of the most jaw-dropping finds discovered this year. 

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EnvironmentMaya Wei-Haas