Yarmouth amber (East Africa copal) (Holocene of Tanzania)

Where: Tanzania (6.9° S, 39.3° E: paleocoordinates 6.9° S, 39.3° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Holocene (0.0 - 0.0 Ma)

• "Definitely not contemporaneous with Baltic amber" according to Cockerell (1909), who also gives age as "Pliocene at the oldest" based on presence of Apis mellifera. Cockerell also says "I cannot help suspecting that it is really copal, and not of English origin at all." Most recent authors (e.g., Zeuner & Manning 1976; Engel, 2006; Kotthoff et al., 2011) consider the specimen to be from East Africa copal.

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; amber

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: amber

Reposited in the SM

• Repository: Museum of Geology of Cambridge University. Purchased by Benjamin Burwood from fishermen in or near Great Yarmouth.

Primary reference: T. D. A. Cockerell. 1909. Some European fossil bees. The Entomologist 42:313-317 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 140171: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 04.03.2013

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Taxonomic list

 Hymenoptera - Apidae
Apis mellifera Linnaeus 1758 western honey bee
 Diptera - Platystomatidae
Scholastes foordi n. sp. Cockerell 1921 signal fly