10.5" Cretaceous Fossil Shark - Hjoula, Lebanon

This is a rare fossil shark from the famous Upper Cretaceous marine deposits near Hjoula, Lebanon. It's slightly larger than the average shark collected from the Lebanese lagerstätten, measuring in at 10.5" long. Sharks like this are one of the rarer components of the fauna in this formation.

A small fossil fish can be seen at the tail of this shark. It comes with an acrylic display stand.

The sharks coming out of the Hjoula and Hakel deposits of Lebanon are, to this date, squalimorph sharks, or saw sharks. These sharks are characterized by their long, slender bodies and pointed, trident-like teeth. They were benthic in nature, shying away from open water hunting and preferring smaller prey which they located using vibrations and their highly developed sense of smell. There is currently one recognized family of extant saw sharks, the Pristiophorids. Modern saw sharks have been observed at over nine feet long, though Lebanese fossils top out around three feet in length.

The discovery of amazingly preserved marine fossils near Hjoula, 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 examples of soft bodied preservation.

A photo of one of the quarries at Hjoula, Lebanon
A photo of one of the quarries at Hjoula, Lebanon

Unidentified Shark
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
10.5" widest measurement on 12.7 x 4.4" limestone
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