Name: Christine Lipkin
Location: Dominican Republic
Age: Oligocene to Miocene
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References and Links


Poinar, G.O., Jr. 1992. Life in amber. Stanford University Press, Stanford, California.

Poinar, G.O., Jr., and Poinar, R. 1999. The amber forest: a reconstruction of a vanished world. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.

Ross, A, 1998. Amber: the natural time capsule. The Natural History Museum, London.

Scientific Papers:
Briggs, D.E.G., and Eglinton, G. 1994. Chemical traces of ancient life. Chemistry in Britain, 31:907-912.

de Queiroz, K., Chu, L., and Losos, J.B. 1998. A second Anolis lizard in Dominican amber and the systematics and ecological morphology of Dominican amber anoles. American Museum Novitates, 3249:23.

Dilcher, D.L., Herendeen, P.S., and Hueber, F. 1992. Fossil Acacia flowers with attached anther glands from Dominican Republic amber, p. 34-42. In P.S. Herendeen and D.L. Dilcher (eds.), Advances in legume systematics. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Greenblatt, C.L., Davis, A., Clement, B.G., Kitts, C.L., Cox, T., and Cano, R.J. 1999. Diversity of microorganisms isolated from amber. Microbial Ecology, 38:58-68.

Hueber, F.M., and Langenheim, J. 1986. Dominican amber tree had African ancestors. Geotimes, 31:8-10.

Iturralde-Vinent, M.A., and MacPhee, R.D.E. 1996. Age and paleogeographical origin of Dominican amber. Science, 273:1850-1852.

Lambert, L. H., Cox, T., Mitchell, K., Rosselló -Mora, R. A., Del Cueto, C., Dodge, D. E., Orkand, P., and Cano, R. J. 1998. Staphylococcus succinus sp. nov., isolated from Dominican amber. International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology, 48:511­518.

Poinar, G.O., Jr. 1991. Hymenaea protera sp.n. (Leguminosae, Caesalpinioideae) from Dominican amber has African affinities. Experientia, 47:1075-82.

Poinar, Jr., G.O. 2001. Dominican Amber. In Briggs, D.E.G. and Crowther, P.R. (eds) Palaeobiology 11, pp. 362-364. Blackwell Science, Oxford.

Polcyn, M.J., Rogers, J. V., Yoshitsugu, K., and Jacobs, L.L. 2002. Computed Tomography of an Anolis lizard in Dominican amber: systematic, taphonomic, biogeographic, and evolutionary implications. Palaeontologia Electronica, 5:1-13.

Rieppel, O. 1980. Green anole in Dominican Amber. Nature, 286:486-487.

Stankiewicz, B. A., Poinar, H. N., Briggs, D. E. G., Evershed, R. P., and Poinar, Jr., G. O. 1988. Chemical preservation of plants and insects in natural resins. The Royal Society, 265:641-647.

Web Links

Map of Dominican Republic:

Geological map of the Dominican Republic:

Taphonomy in Amber:

The Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University website, Frozen in Amber:

American Museum of Natural History on line amber exhibit:

An article on Dominican Republic amber:


Section author: Christine Lipkin
Last updated: 28/11/02



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