3.7" Fossil Fish (Diplomystus Birdi) - Hjoula, Lebanon

This is a 3.7" long fossil fish (Diplomystus birdi) from the Upper Cretaceous, marine deposits near Hjoula, Lebanon. The fossil exhibits a beautiful orange preservation that contrast nicely with the creme limestone. An exquisite specimen if ever there was one.

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.

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

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 1800s 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 has 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 genera found nowhere else in the world. The preservation on many of these specimens is truly amazing 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
3.7" long on 8.7 x 4.9" limestone
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