Colombian copal (BMNH coll) (Holocene of Colombia)

Where: Santander, Colombia (6.5° N, 73.5° W: paleocoordinates 6.5° N, 73.5° W)

• local area-level geographic resolution

When: Holocene (0.0 - 0.0 Ma)

• "A specimen of sub-Recent Colombian copal (post-WWII) (radiocarbon dated at the University of Arizona AMS facility) containing stingless bees (Apidae: Meliponini: Trigonisca sp.). A second Colombian copal specimen, also containing the same species of stingless bee, was sent for dating at the Arizona AMS facility. This came back with an age of 10,612 ± 62 years, representing the oldest formally dated Colombian copal sample."

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; amber

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: amber

Collected by M. Caycedo in 1995; reposited in the BMNH

Primary reference: I. A. Hinojosa-Díaz and M. S. Engel. 2007. A new fossil orchid bee in Colombian copal (Hymenoptera: Apidae). American Museum Novitates 3589:1-7 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 140185: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 05.03.2013

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Taxonomic list

 Hymenoptera - Apidae
Euglossa (Euglossa) cotylisca n. sp. Hinojosa-Díaz and Engel 2007 orchid bee
BMNH Pal. PI II 670(1)
Trigonisca ameliae n. sp. Penney 2013 stingless bee
NHM II 3059 [1-4]