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A review of amber and copal occurrences in Africa and their paleontological significance

Abstract : The paleontological interest for fossil plant resins (amber and copal) has greatly increased in the last decades, as field studies have resulted in the discovery of various new deposits worldwide. Yet, amberrich deposits remain particularly scarce on continents from former Gondwana. Here we review the known occurrences of copal and amber from Africa, with a state-of-the-art regarding the age dating, the putative plant sources, the fossil content, as well as the paleoenvironmental settings. The first African ambers known to yield arthropods and other organismal inclusions, found recently from the early Cretaceous of Congo and the Miocene of Ethiopia, are briefly overviewed.
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Valentine Bouju, Vincent Perrichot. A review of amber and copal occurrences in Africa and their paleontological significance. BSGF earth sciences bulletin, Société géologique de France, 2020, 191 (1), pp.17. ⟨10.1051/bsgf/2020018⟩. ⟨insu-02881938⟩

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