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Copal is resin from specific types of tropical trees. It is often confused with amber, fossilised resin. Copal however, is less old. The age of Copal lies between a few hundred to thousands of years. Copal can be recognized because it is still a little tacky, unlike amber which is completely fossilized. Most Copal comes from Madagacar.
From some locations the finds are called copal, while considering the age and history of the finds these should be called amber. This can be very confusing.
Copal from Madagscar with inclusions.
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