10.5" Rare Cretaceous Fossil Fish (Enchodus) - Hakel, Lebanon

This is a beautifully preserved specimen of an Enchodus fish from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits near Hakel, Lebanon. Enchodus was a large predatory fish and is one of the rarer components of the fossil fauna collected at this site. It's beautifully preserved and nicely laid out on a thick slab of limestone.

There is a repaired crack through the head of this fish, along with a crack through tail. Both cracks required repair and gap fill restoration where the limestone fragmented during collection. Comes with an acrylic/metal 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 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

Enchodus sp.
Hakel, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
10.5" Long on 12.25 x 6.3" limestone
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