1.2" Cretaceous Lobster (Eryma) Fossil - Lebanon

This is a beautiful, 1.2" long fossil crustacean of the species Eryma cretacea. This specimen was quarried from the famous Upper Cretaceous age marine lagerstätte near Hakel, Lebanon. The fossil bears outstanding dark orange colored preservation which contrasts nicely with the creme colored limestone. Much of the detail of this fossil preserved nicely.

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

The discovery of amazingly preserved marine fossils near Hakel, Lebanon dates back many centuries. In fact, they were first mentioned in writing by Herodotus, over 450 years before the birth of Christ. The first scientific work on these localities began in the 1800s and these deposits have been meticulously quarried by several Lebanese families for over a century. We purchase our specimens directly from one of these families that has worked the quarries for generations.

These deposits represent a warm, shallow sea and have yielded over 70 types of fish as well as numerous other genera found nowhere else in the world. The preservation on many of these specimens is truly amazing including examples of soft bodied preservation.

A photo of the quarry at Hakel, Lebanon
A photo of the quarry at Hakel, Lebanon

Eryma cretacea
Hakel, Lebanon
1.2" long, 3.1 x 2.5" limestone
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