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Snail in Amber

15 June 2021

Not just a snail trapped in amber but a snail that had just given birth – to five offspring [also engulfed in the same piece of amber]. See www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9685037/ … which comes with some nice pictures. The amber deposit, underground, is in Myanmar [Burma in old money]. It is dated 99 million years ago – in the middle of the Cretaceous period. Is that a clue to a catastrophic origin for the amber deposit? One may wonder. The weak excuse offered up by the uniformitarians is that the poor snail was exhausted after giving birth and was unable to move away. It did, however, raise its little horns, a sort of defence mechanism, so it was vaguely aware of what was about to engulf it – but not quick enough to raise them to full height. It happened that quickly. A sudden and rapid engulfment in tree resin. The snail was preserved in amber, including its soft parts – another indication of rapidity.

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