2015 GSA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, USA (1-4 November 2015)

Paper No. 42-7
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM-5:30 PM


SORIANO, Carmen, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S Cass ave, Lemont, IL 60304, ENGEL, Michael S., Division of Entomology (Paleoentomology), Natural History Museum, and Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, GRIMALDI, David A., Division of Invertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY 10024, SOHN, Jae-Cheon, University of Maryland, 4112 Plant Sciences Building, College Park, MD 20742, SANTIAGO-BLAY, Jorge, Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20013, SAUPE, Erin E., Geology & Geophysics, Yale University, 210 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511 and SOLORZANO-KRAEMER, Monica, Sektion Mikropaläontologie I - Bernstein, Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum, Senckenberganlage 25, Frankfurt am Main, 60325, Germany, carmen.soriano@gmail.com

Synchtron-radiation-based tomography is one of the most versatile techniques for working with amber inclusions. The method allows for detailed study of the anatomy of plants and animals trapped in fossil resins at the micrometer scale, and for virtual dissections and examination of internal structures.

We detail several amber-inclusion projects coordinated by the Advanced Photon Source (APS), one of the primary synchrotron light sources in the USA. We specifically highlight how synchrotron imaging aids in the study of various insect (bees, flies, beetles among others), arachnid (spiders, opilionids), and plant species from both the Mesozoic and Cenozoic. All results were obtained using the tomography beamline 2BM at the APS, but they encompass the wide range of analyses that are possible with synchtron-radiation-based tomography.