2.45" Cretaceous Fossil Fish (Gaudryella) and Shrimp - Hjoula, Lebanon

This is a nicely detailed 2.45" long example of the fossil fish Gaudryella sp., collected from the Cretaceous aged marine deposits near Hjoula, Lebanon. The fish is naturally associated with a fossil shrimp (Carpopenaeus sp.). While Gaudryella doesn't have any close living relatives, it would be in the same order as Salmon and Trout.

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

Gaudryella sp. (Fish) & Carpopenaeus sp. (Shrimp)
Hjoula, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
2.45" long (straightline) fish on 7.2 x 4.5" limestone
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