2.3" Cretaceous Fossil Squid with Ink Sac - Hjoula, Lebanon

This is a 2.3" long, soft-bodied fossil squid from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits of Lebanon. Soft bodied organisms are uncommon in the fossil record. This soft bodied squid specimen still includes its ink sack and portions of its mantle.

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 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
FOR SALE
$125
DETAILS
SPECIES
Unidentified Squid
LOCATION
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
FORMATION
Sannine Formation
SIZE
2.3" fossil, 3.6 x 2.4" rock
ITEM
#201362
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