13.5" Cretaceous Plant (Sapindopsis) Fossil - Lebanon Marine Deposits

This is an unusual find, it's a well preserved plant (Sapindopsis) fossil from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits (Nammoura Quarry) near Hjoula, Lebanon. These deposits are known for their remarkably preserved fossil fish, but occasionally terrestrial plant fossils which got swept out to sea can be found in them also. This plant fossil measures roughly 13.5" long.

It comes with an acrylic 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
Sapindopsis sp.
Nammoura Quarry, Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
13.5" long on 16.8 x 7" limestone
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