Biological specimens trapped in amber have given scientists a new look at India, millions of years ago. Writing this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers describe their analysis of over 100 ants, bees, spiders, and other organisms dating back over 50 million years to the Early Eocene. The organisms share evolutionary relationships with finds in Europe and Asia, which challenges the idea of early India as being an isolated land mass. The samples from the Cambay amber deposits, they say, are also the oldest evidence of tropical forests in Asia. We'll find out more.
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