13" Cretaceous Ray (Rhombopterygia) - Lebanon

This is a beautifully preserved, 13" long, fossil ray (Rhombopterygia) from the Upper Cretaceous deposits near Byblos, Lebanon. This is an exceptionally nice example of the species preserved on on a thick slab of limestone. There are several small, fossil fish also associated with the ray. There is a repaired crack running through the limestone but it doesn't detract from this amazing fossil.

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.

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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
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
13" Long on 18.4x14" limestone
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