11.6" Amazing Fossil Squid - Soft-Bodied Arms, Tentacles, & Ink Sac

This is a truly exceptional fossil from the Cretaceous-aged marine deposits near Hakel, Lebanon. It is a large 11.6" long fossil squid with excellent soft-bodied preservation including all of its arms/tentacles and ink sac.

It was beautifully prepared by etching around the fossil to bring it out better relief against the rock. The negative impression of the fossil is also included which has no preparation work done to it.

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: 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 the quarry at Hakel, Lebanon
A photo of the quarry at Hakel, Lebanon

Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
11.6" long on 15 x 5" limestone
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