About the book:


Amber, or fossilized tree resin, has been collected in the Baltic region for at least 13 millennia, and used as a precious and semi-precious substance. Now, it is renowned scientifically from various deposits around the world for its preservation of myriad forms of ancient life, finer than in any other kind of fossil. The largest and most popular deposits are the Eocene Baltic amber and Miocene amber from the Dominican Republic, but amber from the Cretaceous Period (140-65 million years ago [mya]) is of the greatest scientific interest.
Besides the extinction of ammonites, dinosaurs, and other life at the end of the Cretaceous, an explosive radiation of the angiosperms occurred in the middle of this Period, which transformed terrestrial ecosystems.
This volume is largely devoted to an extraordinary deposit of amber, from the Turonian (ca. 90 mya) of New Jersey, USA. The deposit is not only the most diverse known thus far from the Cretaceous, but it was formed during the angiosperm radiations. Research is also presented on amber from the Lower Cretaceous of Lebanon (120 mya), among the oldest amber in the world that contains insects. 29 Specialists have contributed 23 papers on methods for preparation and imaging of amber fossils, paleoecology of the New Jersey amber deposits, and systematics of over 100 genera and species in 11 orders of animals. Among the discoveries are the oldest fossil in the phylum Tardigrada, the most diverse Cretaceous record of scale insects (Coccinea) in the world, a remarkable diversity of neuropterans, and several groups of biting midges whose diversity relates to the evolution of vertebrate blood feeding. These discoveries are presented in nearly 200 pages of illustrations and photographs, 17 of them in color.

Dr. David Grimaldi is curator of fossil insects and former Chairman of the Dept. of Entomology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He has published over 100 scientific articles and monographs on the systematics, paleontology, and evolution of insects, including the book, Amber: Window to the Past (New York: Abrams, 1996).


From the contents:



David Grimaldi, Alexander Shedrinsky and Thomas P. Wampler.* A remarkable deposit
of fossiliferous amber from the Upper Cretaceous (Turonian) of New Jersey


David Grimaldi, Tam Nguyen and Richard Ketcham. Ultra-High-Resolution X-Ray
Computed Tomography (UHR CT) and the study of fossils in amber

Paul Nascimbene and Henry Silverstein. The preparation of fragile Cretaceous ambers
for conservation and study of organismal inclusions


Roberto Bertolani and David Grimaldi*. A new Eutardigrade (Tardigrada: Milnesiidae) in
amber from the Upper Cretaceous (Turonian) of New Jersey

Nina D. Sinitshenkova*. New Jersey amber mayflies: the first North American Mesozoic
members of the order (Insecta: Ephemeroptera)

William L. Peters and Janice G. Peters*. Discovery of a new genus of Leptophlebiidae:
Leptophlebiinae (Ephemeroptera) in Cretaceous amber from New Jersey

Kumar Krishna and David Grimaldi*. A new subfamily, genus, and species of termite
(Isoptera) from New Jersey Cretaceous amber

Piotr Wegierek*. A new genus and species of aphid (Hemiptera: Aphidinea) from New
Jersey amber

Jan Koteja*. Scale insects (Homoptera, Coccinea) from Upper Cretaceous New Jersey

Viktor B. Golub and Yuri A. Popov*. A remarkable fossil lace bug from Upper Cretaceous
New Jersey amber (Heteroptera: Tingoidea, Vianaididae), with some phylogenetic

Vadim G. Gratshev and Vladimir V. Zherikhin*. The weevils from the Late Cretaceous
New Jersey amber (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea)

Vladimir I. Gusarov*. Mesotachyporus puer, a new genus and species of Cretaceous
Tachyporinae (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) from New Jersey amber

David Grimaldi*. A diverse fauna of Neuropterodea in amber from the Cretaceous of
New Jersey

Hasan Basibuyuk, Donald L.J. Quicke and Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn*. A new genus of the
Orussidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) from Late Cretaceous New Jersey amber

Hasan Basibuyuk, Michael G. Fitton, Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn and Donald L.J. Quicke*.
Two new genera of the Evaniidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) from Late Cretaceous New
Jersey amber

Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn*. An extremely primitive aculeate wasp in the Cretaceous amber
from New Jersey (Vespida: ?Sierolomorphidae)

James M. Carpenter*. A vespid wasp from New Jersey Cretaceous amber

Alexander V. Antropov*. A new digger wasp (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae, Pemphredoninae)
from New Jersey amber

Wilfried Wichard and Annette-Caroline Billing*. Recent knowledge of caddis flies
(Trichoptera) from Cretaceous amber of New Jersey

Art Borkent. Biting midges (Ceratopogonidae: Diptera) from Lower Cretaceous Lebanese
amber with a discussion of the diversity and patterns found in other ambers

Art Borkent*. Further biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) from Upper Cretaceous
New Jersey amber

Douglas C. Currie and David Grimaldi*. A new black fly (Diptera: Simuliidae) genus
from mid Cretaceous (Turonian) amber of New Jersey

Taxonomic Index


Studies on Fossils in Amber, with Particular Reference to the Cretaceous of New Jersey

edited by David Grimaldi
2000, 504 pp., 197 b/w figures, 13 tables, 17 coloured plates
Hardbound (A4)
ISBN 90-5782-060-9
€ 146