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The Dustrywings, Coniopterygidae, are small (usually under 5 mm) Insects related to Lacewings and Ant-lions.
They are numerous and widespread, being found in woodland all over the world, where they feed on small Arthropods, such as Mites, Aphids and Scale Insects, living on trees and shrubs.
This amber is thought to have started out as the resin of a Coniferous Tree, possibly a Cypress or an Araucaria, growing in a moist tropical forest.
This amber has been dated to between 105 and 95 million years old, based upon pollen inclusions, and to about 98.8 million years by uranium/lead dating of ash inclusions in the amber.
The samples are irradiated in the laboratory with a known radiation dose and heated to produce another glow-curve.
By comparing the glow-curves we can calculate the dose of radiation absorbed by the piece during its lifetime.
During its lifetime the pottery absorbs radiation from its environment and it is this which creates thermoluminescence.
The older the pottery, the more radiation it has absorbed and the brighter the pottery sample glows.
The amber is fairly clear, and often found in large chunks, providing an exceptional window into the Middle Cretaceous Insect fauna.
The phenomenon is distinct from that of black body radiation.
High energy radiation creates electronic excited states in crystalline materials.
Largely because of their affinity for woodland and small size, they have an excellent fossil record, with the group appearing in the Late Jurassic and specimens preserved in amber being found across much of the globe from the Cretaceous onwards.
In a paper published in the journal Zoological Systematics in July 2017, Xingyue Liu and Xiumei Lu of the Department of Entomology at the China Agricultural University, describe a new species of Dustywing from Middle Cretaceous Burmese Amber.
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