This is an exceptional, 10.7" long fossil ray (Cyclobatis major) from the Nammoura Quarry near Hjoula, Lebanon. Rays are very rare at this quarry and this is one of the largest and best preserved examples of Cyclobatis that has been found there. It's located on a 13.5 x 9.1" slab of limestone. There has been some crack repairs to the rock but no restoration to the ray itself.
Comes with a display stand.
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 including examples of soft bodied preservation.
A photo of one of the quarries at Hjoula, Lebanon