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fossilized insect in opal

fossilized insect in opal

A precious opal discovered on the island of Java in Indonesia includes what appears to be a complete insect encased inside. While insects encased in amber are well-known, a second, much rarer, process of opalization can also occur while still preserving the insect inclusion, which is believed to be the provenance of this specimen. (Photo credit: Brian Berger)

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