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The Old Amber (Japanese: ひみつのコハク Secret Amber) is a fossil from the Generation I games, their Generation III remakes and the Generation IV games.
In the Generation I and III games it can be obtained in a back room of the Pewter Museum of Science. The HM for Cut is needed to get there, as a bush blocks it off. A key item, it is given to the main character by one of the scientists working there. If brought to the laboratory on Cinnabar Island, the Old Amber can be regenerated into an Aerodactyl.
In the Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum games it can be found by mining in the Underground after obtaining the National Pokédex. If brought to the Mining Museum in Oreburgh City, the Old Amber can be regenerated into an Aerodactyl. In HeartGold and SoulSilver Old Amber can be found randomly by smashing rocks, and revived at the Pewter Museum of Science. It is not a key item in these games.
The Old Amber is different than the other fossils, being a type of fossilized substance rather than a fossil named by its appearance (However, the Aerodactyl skeleton in Pewter City Museum implies that it does have its own fossilized remains). It is possibly inspired by Jurassic Park, in which genetic engineers extracted dinosaur DNA from mosquitoes trapped in amber and used it to recreate dinosaurs.
In the anime, Gary Oak obtains an Old Amber and uses it to revive an Aerodactyl in Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl.