11.6" Amazing, Fossil Squid - Soft-Bodied 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 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 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

$4,450 $4,005
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
11.6" long on 15 x 5" limestone
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