1.25" Fossil Mantis Shrimp (Pseudosculda) With Worm - Lebanon

This is a really cool, 1.25", fossil mantis shrimp (Pseudosculda) from near Hjoula, Lebanon. There is also a small, fossil worm associated with it on the 3.1" wide piece of limestone.

There are nearly 450 species of mantis shrimp alive today and they are sometime referred to as "thumb splitters" because of how they use their powerful claws to inflict damage to prey with a single strike.

Comes with an acrylic stand.

The discovery of amazingly preserved marine fossils near Hjoula, 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 1800's 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 have 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 genre found no where else in the world. The preservation on many of these specimens is truly amazing including examples of soft bodied preservation.

A photo of one of the quarries at Hjoula, Lebanon
A photo of one of the quarries at Hjoula, Lebanon
Pseudosculda laevis
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
Shrimp 1.25", 3.1 x 2.8" limestone
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