Amber is in some ways the best preserving medium of fossil plants and animals known. The fossils are preserved in three dimensions, with great surface detail, and allow snapshots of interactions between animals - such as an ectoparasitic mite sucking the haemolymph of its victim, a swarm of nematodes parasitizing a beetle, acts of mating and an ant queen carrying her domesticated honeydew provider. No other style of exceptional fossil preservation can compare.
The oldest ambers with included animal fossils date back to the Cretaceous, with the best known occurrences being those from Lebanon, France, Burma and New Jersey (USA). This small collection contains examples from New Jersey. They come from the Raritan Formation (Turonian, ca 90 Ma), excavated (from lignite occurring 6 to 10 feet below the surface) by Jon Stanislawczyk, at a locality near Sayreville, New Jersey, USA. The amber was produced by a forest of Cupressaceae in a warm temperate or sub-tropical environment (Grimaldi et al. 2000).