Studies on amber—fossil resin—have attracted much attention from the scientific community in the last decade. Seven Ph.D. theses with amber as the main material of study recently have been completed (Penney, 1999; Azar, 2000; Schmidt, 2003; Perrichot, 2005; Grund, 2006; Solórzano Kraemer, 2007; Girard, 2008), and two more are currently in progress by Malvina Lak and Jaime Ortega Blanco. From our personal bibliographic databases, we estimate that >1080 papers and books on amber have been published between 1999 and 2008 (as of October 2008). These works have dealt not only with the...

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