Manchester Museum buys amber for the public

The museum has just purchased some spectacular amber specimens, containing insects up to 40 million years old. The specimens contain a moth-like plant hopper, which is a relation to greenfly, cockroaches and spiders.

The specimens have been purchased using the Ryndall Mundy bequest for natural sciences collections development and will be used for handling and learning activities.

I will be working with Dmitri (the curator of entomology) and the learning team over the next few weeks to develop information sheets. Look out for these amazing specimens in the Big Saturdays held at the museum in the Autumn.


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