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New Jurassic amber outcrops from Lebanon

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Amber predating the Lower Cretaceous is extremely rare. During the past two decades, records of discoveries of amber sites have increased considerably worldwide. We report herein the discovery of ten new outcrops of amber from the Late Jurassic in Lebanon, in addition to other nine outcrops described by Azar et al. (2010). Some of these outcrops gave large centimetric sized amber pieces. Each of these new amber outcrops is described, and its infrared spectrum is given. Though the Jurassic amber yielded to date no more than some fungal inclusions, this discovery is significant and promising especially in the reconstruction of the paleoenvironment.

Affiliations: 1: 1 Lebanese University, Faculty of Sciences II, Department of Natural Sciences, Fanar – Matn PO box 26110217, Lebanon, e-mail: ; 2: 3Geosciences Rennes (UMR CNRS 6118), Université de Rennes 1, Campus de Beaulieu, building 15, 263, avenue du General-Leclerc, 35042 Rennes cedex, France


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