Microscope nano-imaging of the teeth of the pterosaur in amber or bird in amber.
When examining vertebrates in amber there are numerous imaging options to choose from. Amber varies in transparency and although we study many opaque samples the transparent ambers are easier for most people to understand as once the amber has been polished nicely it is easy to look inside, this is one of the features of amber that not only attracts gem lovers but scientists too as it provides a novel way of looking at prehistoric lifeforms in a way that once was only David Attenborough's dream.
In the field we use a jewelers loupe and a small digital microscope usually a converted camera or mobile phone, once back in the lab however we use the confocal microscope to obtain clear pictures of the finer details of amber inclusions.
We demonstrate here how confocal capabilities and benefite are easily expanded by using flourescence which we induce using various Olympus life sciences fibre optic extreme light sources.
Click here if you would like to see these images using fluorescence.
Pterosaur has just been away, thought he was a raptor for the day