1.7" Cretaceous Fossil Flying Fish (Exocoetoides) - Lebanon

This is a 1.7" long example of the rare fossil flying fish (Exocoetoides sp.) quarried near Hakel, Lebanon. The detailed preservation on this specimen shows fins and fin rays, head, spine and tail. The limestone is littered with faint impressions of other small fish and even a partial shrimp.

Comes with an acrylic display stand.

Exocoetoides is the smallest of all flying fishes and does not exceed 2.75" (7 cm) in length. They are actually not related to present day flying fishes that belong to a completely different and more evolved family. But, like present day flying-fishes it's thought that they were able to glide (fly) over the water to escape predators due to their body type.

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

FOR SALE
$185
DETAILS
SPECIES
Exocoetoides sp.
LOCATION
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
FORMATION
Sannine Formation
SIZE
1.7" fish, 3.7 x 2.7" limestone
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#200788
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