1.4" Cretaceous Fossil Fish (Aipichthys) Pos/Neg - Lebanon

This is an nicely preserved, 1.4" wide fossil fish of the genus Aipichthys, collected from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits near Hakel, Lebanon. The rock split perfectly during collection, resulting in this beautiful positive/negative specimen. Both halves of this split are included.

Aipichthys was a small, very flat fish whose body was almost as high as it was wide. Given the body shape Aipichthys, certainly could not swim very fast, and would have wandered through the rocks on the sea floor. There are no living relatives to Aipichthys as the line died out in the Upper Cretaceous.

Comes with acrylic display stands.

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 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 including examples of soft bodied preservation.

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

Aipichthys sp.
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
1.4" wide on 3.3 x 3" rock
We guarantee the authenticity of all of our
specimens. Read more about our
Authenticity Guarantee.