Lizard Tail with Blood Droplets in Copal Cabochon
Revealing the story of a prehistoric life-and-death struggle, four droplets of blood are clearly seen in this lizard tail specimen encased in a crystal clear, fully polished copal cabochon. Having the ability to shed its tail, the prehistoric reptile struggled to free itself from the clinging resin after losing its tail, leaving blood droplets in the resin. Had a predator been pursuing the lizard or did it accidentally fall into the sticky tree resin? Whether the lizard lived or died is intrinsic to the mystery of this extraordinary piece. The tail is beautifully preserved, displaying scales and color markings. Copal is a "young" form of amber; this piece is dated at approximately two million years old.
Cabochon measures 1 3/4in; Tail measures 3/4in