1.8" Cretaceous Fossil Fish With Shrimp - Lebanon

This is a bargain, fossil fish from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits near Hakel, Lebanon. There are dozens of species of fish described from these deposits which makes identification difficult. Given that the preservation of these fossils is a top-down view it makes identification even more difficult, though the most likely candidates are of the genera, Armigatus and Scombroclupea. There is a shrimp accompanying the fish on this plate.

It comes with 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: these deposits have been meticulously quarried by several Lebanese families for over a century. We purchase our specimens directly from one of these families.

These deposits represent a warm, shallow sea of the Middle Cretaceous, and have yielded over 70 types of fish and numerous other genera found nowhere else in the world. The preservation on many of these specimens is truly amazing: many examples of soft bodied preservation have been found.

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

Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
Fish: 1.8" long (straight line), Rock: 3.7 x 2.75"
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