Stunning Photographs Reveal Ancient Insects Preserved in Amber 45 Million Years Ago

Like a time capsule...

World-renowned British photographer Levon Biss has recently updated his portfolio with stunning images of ancient insects preserved in amber 45 million years ago.

The animals preserved in amber were found along Latvia’s Baltic coast and are thought to date back between 40 and 45 million years ago.

Amber is like a small time capsule.

It preserves animals in their original condition and its translucent appearance allows the entombed animals to be studied by scientists from within.

The images are on sale at Mr. Biss’ website and range from £500 to £650 ($645 to $840).

Here are some of the images from Mr. Biss’ Instagram.

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The second image from the new Amber series is complete! Here we have a stunningly preserved ant that roamed Earth over 45 million years ago. To put that in perspective, modern humans evolved only 200,000 years ago and even our very distant ancestors have only been around for 6 million years. As I work with these specimens I try my hardest to comprehend their age, but the fact that the creature close up looks so similar to the ants we have today it makes it difficult. I am aware though of how lucky I am to be able to spend my days photographing subjects I find interesting and inspiring. Enjoy! LB #insect #ants #amber #macro #jurassicworld #fineartphotography #macrophotography #nature #entomology #history #picoftheday #fossil #microsculpture #levonbiss @natgeo @eastwingphoto @crxss_agency @newscientist

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The next image in the amber series is now complete! I’m really pleased with this photograph, it shows a 3mm Spider Beetle that has been preserved in amber for the last 50 million years. It was a really tricky one to light because I wanted to bring out the shape of it’s legs whilst still keeping clarity in the insects surface. This picture makes me smile though, the little guy seems to have a real personality, maybe wondering why this human is taking his picture…. Hope you all like it too, let me know what you think! Swipe through the images to zoom into the image. LB. #insect #beetle #spider #nature #levonbiss #interiordesign #fineartphotography #history #timetravel #timetraveler #preservation #gems #gemstones #amber #amberinclusions #personality #picoftheday #instapic #microscopy #microsculpture #microphotography #macro #macrophotography #cheeky #art #wallart

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I’m delighted to share with you the next image from the new Amber series. This picture shows a beautiful Moss Twig just over 4mm in length that has been preserved in the hardened sap of a tree for almost 50 million years. These Amber photographs really allow us to look back in time and for me, the bubbles surrounding the Moss are just as interesting as the twig itself, each being historic pockets of air. All of the Amber images will be sold as archival fine art prints with a limited edition of 15. There will also be one framed master print that will have the actual piece of Amber holding the Moss set within the frame itself. The first frame is being built now from 5,200 year old Bog Oak and I’ll share that with you into next few weeks. If you are interesting in purchasing one of these limited edition prints or the framed master print please email [email protected] LB. #amberinclusions #amber #history #timetravel #macro #nature #entomology #levonbiss #plants #wallart #interiordesign #fineart #fineartphotography #naturephotography #prints #artforsale

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The Amber series continues with this new image showing what I believe to be a Moth of some kind. I am not an Entomologist so I will need help with identifying this specimen, please send your thoughts, I would be much appreciated! What I do know is this beautiful creature was encapsulated within tree sap around 45 million years ago somewhere in the Baltic region. I’ve photographed this specimen before but have never really been happy with the results so I gave it another go this week, a big improvement and an image that I am more than happy with. Onto the next one! LB. #amberinclusions #insects #insect #gemology #entomology #moths #beetle #history #macro #fineartphotography #gallery #potd #picoftheday #timecapsule #yellow #colour #macrophotography #nature #dinasour #prehistoric #amber

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