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Title:Baeotettix lottiae stares out from its resinous tomb
Author(s):Thomas, Jared
Abstract:Specimens in amber can be a valuable source of information for paleontologists who wish to have a clearer picture of the paleobiota and paleoclimate during the time period when the amber was deposited in the ground. Important information about the evolution of the organisms trapped within is locked away inside and awaiting study. Unfortunately, amber can be notoriously difficult to work with, especially when it comes to photography. Without proper preparation, fossil inclusions may go unnoticed. Without adequate conservation, specimens may be irreparably damaged and forever lost to science. My specialty is the preparation and conservation of fossil resins here at the Prairie Research Institute's Center for Paleontology. I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph Baeotettix lottiae (Orthoptera, Tetrigidae), which is the holotype of the genus and species of this pygmy grasshopper.
Issue Date:2020
Description:Honorable Mention in the 2020 Image of Research Competition
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Jared Thomas
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-04-15

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