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Mano de Dios Amber Mine

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The entrance to the amber mine.

The Mano de Dios Amber Mine (meaning 'Hand of God') was a mine located in the Dominican Republic. Fossilized mosquitoes trapped in amber were mined here so they could be taken to Isla Sorna for DNA extraction. Juanito Rostagno was the proprietor of the mines.

In the novel Jurassic Park, John Hammond didn't use amber from tropical regions, he only used amber from cold regions. Martin "Marty" Guitierrez guessed it was because in colder regions there is a bigger chance that the DNA inside the amber is still intact.

Scientific accuracyEdit

None of the dinosaurs featured in the movie are known to have existed in the Dominican Republic in the Mesozoic Era. Dominican amber is 10 to 30 million years old,[1] whereas dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago.


  1. George Poinar, Jr. and Roberta Poinar, 1999. The Amber Forest: A Reconstruction of a Vanished World. Princeton University Press.

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