I read about deriving the oxygen content in the atmosphere in the Cretaceous by analyzing the air trapped in bubbles in amber from that period, but I have also found papers disputing the study's methods and showing that air isn't actually trapped in the bubbles because it's capable of diffusing through the amber (the amber isn't a perfect sealant), and thus the air found in that amber isn't necessarily as ancient as the amber itself.

My problem is is that almost all the relevant papers are from the late 80's; all those I've found are pro- or con-, I don't have the background to tell who is right, I haven't found a source that describes an actual consensus the field would have come to since then, and I see the claim about the original study showing what oxygen levels were in the Cretaceous cited in various places, but I find it hard to tell if it's because the objections were dismissed or if it's because it's a zombie claim.

Some sources:

Does anyone know if a consensus was arrived at on this question, and/or if one side is clearly more right than the other?


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