13.5" Cretaceous Ray (Rhombopterygia) Fossil With Fish & Shrimp

This is an exceptionally well preserved, 13.5" long fossil ray (Rhombopterygia) from the Upper Cretaceous deposits near Hjoula, Lebanon. It is beautifully centered on a slab of limestone that has been backed with concrete board for stability. Not only does this specimen feature a ray, there are also two shrimp (Carpopenaeus sp.), a crusher fish (Coccodus sp.) and a fish of the genus Gaudryella. This phenomenal natural association of marine fossils is truly a sight to behold, and would make for a stunning addition to any fossil collection.

Comes with a metal display stand.

Limestone - 25 x 13"
Ray - 13.5 x 7.7"
Crusher fish - 2.5" long
Fish - 2.4" long (straightline)
Shrimp - 3" and 1.2" long

Restoration is minimal and only occurs through repaired cracks where the rock broke during collection. One of these cracks runs through the body of the ray, though gap fill through the fish is extremely miniscule.

Rhinobatidae is a family of rays, commonly referred to as guitar fish. They are known for an elongated body with a flattened head and trunk, and small ray-like wings. The combined range of the various species is tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate waters worldwide.

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 examples of soft bodied preservation.

A photo of one of the quarries at Hjoula, Lebanon
A photo of one of the quarries at Hjoula, Lebanon
Rhombopterygia sp. (Ray), Coccodus sp. (Crusher Fish), Carpopenaeus sp. (Shrimp) & Gaudryella sp. (Fish)
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
Ray: 13.5" long. Limestone: 25 x 13" limestone
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