1.2" Cretaceous, Soft Bodied Squid Fossil With Shrimp - Pos/Neg

This is a 1.2" long, unidentified soft bodied squid that preserved in association with a small shrimp (Carpopenaeus sp.). The plate was collected from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits of Hjoula, Lebanon, making these fossils approximately 98 million years old. Soft bodied organisms are uncommon in the fossil record. This fossil includes the quill from the body of a cephalopod, indicating that this is likely some type of squid.

It comes with both the positive and negative split, each of which is accompanied by 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

Unidentified Squid & Carpopenaeus sp.
Hjoula, Lebanon
Cephalopod: 1.2" long, Largest rock half: 5.8 x 4.5"
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