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Southeast Asia

Myanmar amber traps scientists in ethical dilemma over funding war

Fossils like those in 'Jurassic Park' draw scrutiny as Kachin conflict drags on

A prehistoric insect fossilized in amber maintains its shape. (Courtesy of the Myanmar Amber Museum)

YANGON -- Myanmar is a major producer of amber, a fossilized tree resin. Amber is valued for jewelry, and also serves as a sort of time capsule that provides scientific clues to prehistoric life with fossilized inclusions such as insects, birds and dinosaur footprints.

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