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40 Million-year-old Predatory Insects Preserved In Baltic Amber Unveiled.

World's largest poison-fanged mygalomorphae spider found in Baltic amber.
The Gdask Museum’s collection contains previously unknown species as well as the world’s largest poison-fanged mygalomorphae spider found in Baltic amber. (image credits : M. Szczerek)

The Museum of Gdańsk has presented three of the world ‘s weirdest and finest preserved amber specimens containing wildlife from 40 million years ago, including a newly found Geko and winged insect species.

Because of the fossilized animal life contained in the translucent amber tree resin, the three pieces are termed as “inclusions”.

Only the tip of the tail is missing from the world's first 'complete' Geko, which measures 2cm in length and has a full body and all four legs.
Only the tip of the tail is missing from the world’s first ‘complete’ Geko, which measures 2cm in length and has a full body and all four legs. (image credits : M. Szczerek)

One is a previously unknown species and exhibits the first-ever specimen of an adult Praying Mantis found in Baltic amber.

Mantises were supposed to have magical abilities because of their triangular heads and protruding eyes, which were supported by flexible necks.

Fossilised Geko found in Baltic amber.
The director of the Museum of Gdańsk  officially called the fossilised Geko the Gdańsk  Geko since it is a species that has never been seen before. (image credits : M. Szczerek)

Another displays the world’s second specimen of a Geko trapped in Baltic amber, but the first to be so perfect, measuring 2cm in length and revealing the entire body and all four legs, with just the tip of the tail absent.

The German Amber Museum in Ribnitz-Damgarten has the only other one of its sort, which is also less complete.

image credits : M. Szczerek

The fossilized Geko is also of a previously unknown species and has been formally called the Gdańsk Geko on the initiative of the director of the Gdańsk Museum.

The 3rd inclusion is a spider from family mygalomorphae , which, at 4cm in length, is the world’s biggest inclusion of this species found in Baltic amber in any museum anyplace on the planet.

The 4cm mygalomorphae spider is the world’s biggest specimen of this species discovered in Baltic amber in any museum. (image credits : M. Szczerek)

“The most precious amber objects should be located in Gdańsk , the World Capital of Amber,” said Waldemar Ossowski, director of the Museum of Gdańsk , speaking at the unveiling.

“With this concept, the future Museum of Amber will feature one-of-a-kind displays that no other museum in the world can match.”

The three most uncommon and well-preserved amber-containing fauna specimens date back 40 million years.
The three most uncommon and well-preserved amber-containing fauna specimens date back 40 million years. (image credits : M. Szczerek)

The rare items will now be shown in a permanent exhibit at the new multimedia Amber Museum, which will reopen on July 24th in the Great Mill in Gdańsk following a renovation and relocation.

The items were purchased for 160 000 PLN from Jonas Damzen, a well-known Lithuanian amber collector, with the National Institute for Museums and Public Collections funding 80 percent of the acquisition.

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