Fossils From Colombia

Amber (Copal) - Andes Mountains in Colombia, South America (<1000 years old).  Typically the fossil resin (amber) is called copal if it's not older than 2-20 million years (range).  But distinguishing between copal and amber is a contentious issue amongst members of the amber community.  There is no scaling system for assessing polymerization against age.  This is because too many external factors affect the rate of molecular linking and consequently a variable rate does not lend its self to a linear time assessment system. Because of this the nomenclature of resin, copal and amber is not an absolute science yet.  Significant copal deposits exist in Columbia, South America in the Santander province.  This material is less than 1000 years old.   

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