[Re:] Rare Amber Inclusions Lost (fwd)

Thomas Schlemmermeyer termites at USP.BR
Sat Apr 22 12:38:19 CDT 2000

With high interest I scanned the pics. The lost termite amber, unfortunately, 
does not seem to be available as pic?

Thanks to anyone who could forward the termite amber pic (if existent).

          greetings,   Thomas   

On (         Thu, 20 Apr 2000 08:03:21 -0700),         Peter Rauch 
<anamaria at GRINNELL.BERKELEY.EDU> wrote:

>[Ed. Note: Pardon the cross-posting. Keep an eye out for this 
>stolen/misplaced amber. PAR]
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2000 08:06:40 -0400
>From: Tim White <tim.white at YALE.EDU>
>To: nhcoll-l at lists.yale.edu
>Subject: [NHCOLL-L:539] Rare Amber Inclusions Lost
>This just in...
>Museums with amber collections,
>and amber inclusion collectors
>Lost amber during "Lost World" exhibition
>In 1994 after Spielbergs film "Jurassic Park" successfully hit the world,
>Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment donated the dinosaur models to
>the non profit "Dinosaur Society" for a travelling exhibition in the US. Our
>museum sent amber inclusions to follow and complete the DNA story behind.
>After a three year Science- and Natural History Museum tour, everything was
>returned to us in 1997 in proper condition.
>In 1998 we got a new request from the founder of the Dinosaur society, Don
>Lessem, now manager of the Dinosaur Exhibitions LLC. When the new film "Lost
>World" opened, he asked for exhibition materials for display again.
>This time we sent two new amber fossil exhibitions and a variety of natural
>amber lumps for two travelling exhibitions with the title "The Dinosaurs of
>Jurassic Park / The Lost World". After visiting two of the exhibitions, Gulf
>Coast Museum of Science in Mobile and Maryland Science Center in Baltimore
>in 1999, we realised, that some materials were missing and decided to
>investigate the loss. After request we recently got part of our materials
>back, but unfortunately our best specimens from the "Frozen Drama"
>exhibition are still missing. The bigger expensive natural amber pieces are
>also missing.
> KDOC -TV in California, who are now in charge, opened the ongoing "The
>Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park / The Lost World" without our specimens in San
>Diego Natural History Museum in March. According to Don Lessem they are now
>going to ask the FBI for help.
>Among the missing pieces are very rare inclusions with 40 million year old
>petrified "stories".
>- A piece with a termite worker feeding a termite soldier (irreplaceable).
>- Very rare spiders, beetles and flies in copula (mating positions).
>- A piece containing mammalian hair.
>- Two predators with pray and 9 other rare inclusions.
>Pictures are available on the internet at: http://www.brost.se/lostamber/
>With hope to get it back and to prevent future trading, we are sending this
>announcement to you and others with amber fossil interest.
>We ask you to forward this message to amber fossil collectors and contact
>us, if you get to know anything about these specimens.
>Leif Brost
>General manager
>Swedish Amber Museum
>236 35 Höllviken
>Tel. +4640450861
>brost at brost.se
>Tim White, Senior Collection Manager     Yale University 
>Division of Invertebrate Paleontology    170 Whitney Ave., PO Box 208118
>Peabody Museum of Natural History        New Haven, CT 06520-8118
>203.432.3767 (voice); 203.432.9816 (fax)                                  
>tim.white at yale.edu (email); www.peabody.yale.edu (www)  
>Visit the IP Image Gallery at www.yale.edu/ypmip!

Thomas Schlemmermeyer
Museu de Zoologia, Universidade de São Paulo
Caixa Postal 42694
CEP 04299-970
São Paulo, SP, Brasil

Thomas Schlemmermeyer
Caixa Postal 00276
CEP 14001-970
Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brasil

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