Amber

Motherboard

This Preserved Millipede Lived 99 Million Years Ago Alongside Dinosaurs

The millipede is only 8.2 millimeters long, making it an “an extreme case of miniaturization.”
Becky Ferreira
5.2.19
Motherboard

This Ancient Insect Is Preserved Inside an Iridescent Opal

The bug might have been trapped in amber that became “opalized” over millions of years.
Becky Ferreira
1.25.19
waspy stardust

This Freaky 100-Million-Year-Old Wasp Was Named for David Bowie

One day, you’re relaxing on a Cretaceous tree chillin’ with some dinos. The next day, you’re trapped in amber for 100 million years.
Becky Ferreira
6.23.17
magic mushrooms

Researchers Have Found a 115 Million Year Old Mushroom

It’s the oldest mushroom in the world.
Kate Lunau
6.7.17
Art

Mud Dragons, Tully Monsters, And Toothed Whales: The Best Paleo Art of 2016

As chosen by an artist who draws dinosaurs for a living.
Danielle Dufault
12.27.16
china

How This 99-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Tail Ended Up in a Burmese Amber Market

The specimen even contains evidence of hemoglobin in the dinosaur’s bloodstream.
Becky Ferreira
12.8.16
Remembering Things

Whoaaa-ohhhh, 311 Is Actually Dope

It's 311 Day. Respect the legends.
Craig Jenkins
3.11.16
nature

These Amber-Encased Lizards Lived 99 Million Years Ago

"These fossils tell us a lot about the extraordinary, but previously unknown diversity of lizards in ancient tropical forests.”
Becky Ferreira
3.6.16
earth

Dominican Mine Offers Amber-Preserved Fossils of Earliest Known Modern Flowers

Meet Strychnos electri, an ancient relative of most all of the vegetables we know and love. Also: deadly poison.
Michael Byrne
2.15.16
beer

These Belgian Brewers Are Turning Wasted Bread Into Tasty Beer

About 500 kilograms of uneaten bread can be processed using yeast and US- or UK-sourced hops and made into a 4,000-liter batch of the beer, which is a 7-percent amber called Babylone.
Hilary Pollack
4.20.15
flowers

A Tour of the Ancient Life Still Trapped in Amber

Spiders battling wasps, flowers having sex, and other tableaus frozen in amber.
Becky Ferreira
7.30.14
Interviews

The 411 on 311

We interviewed the shit out of 311.
Eric Sundermann
2.20.14