2.9" Large, Cretaceous Fossil Shrimp With Pos/Neg - Hjoula, Lebanon

This is a fine example of a fossil shrimp (Carpopenaeus sp.) from Hjoula, Lebanon. It shows off the carapace, legs, and abdominal scales. There is no color enhancement or restoration on this specimen, and both halves of the split are accompanied with your purchase.

Comes with acrylic display stands.

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
Carpopenaeus sp.
Hjoula, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
2.9" long, Largest half of rock: 4.25 x 3.7"
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