10.7" Cretaceous Ray (Cyclobatis) - Very Large For Species

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

Cyclobatis major
Nammoura Quarry, Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
10.7" long on 13.5x9.1" limestone
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