1.6" Cretaceous Fish (Stichocentrus) With Shrimp - Lebanon

This is a finely detailed 1.65" long example of the uncommon fossil fish Stichocentrus sp. from the Cretaceous aged marine deposits of Lebanon. It sits nicely on a rectangularly cut, 5.9x4.8" piece of limestone associated with a couple of fossil shrimp. Comes with a 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 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 Hjoula, Lebanon
A photo of the quarry at Hjoula, Lebanon

Stichocentrus sp.
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
1.65" long on 5.9x4.8" limestone
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