3.1" Cretaceous Fossil Fish (Diplomystus) Pos/Neg - Lebanon

This is an excellent 3.1" long example of Diplomystus birdi along with another unidentified fossil fish from the Cretaceous aged marine deposits of Lebanon. Both the positive and negative impression are included. There is a repaired crack in the negative impression of the fish. Comes with a display stand.

Interestingly, Diplomystus is the same genus as one of the most common fish found in the Eocene aged Green River Formation of Wyoming. This one being a marine species and the other lived in a lake.

The discovery of amazingly preserved marine fossils near Hakel, 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 including examples of soft bodied preservation.

A photo of the quarry at Hakel, Lebanon
A photo of the quarry at Hakel, Lebanon

Diplomystus birdi
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
3.1" long on 7x4.2" limestone
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