1.8" Cretaceous Fossil Flying Fish (Exocoetoides) Pos/Neg - Lebanon

This is a 1.8" long example of the rare fossil flying fish (Exocoetoides sp.) that's associated with a small unidentified fish, quarried near Hakel, Lebanon. The detailed preservation on this specimen shows fins and fin rays, head, spine and tail. The limestone split beautifully, resulting in this positive/negative specimen, both halves of which are included.

There is a repaired crack through the one of the rock halves. Comes with acrylic display stands.

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

Exocoetoides sp.
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
1.8" fish, 3.3 x 3.2" limestone (each half varies)
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