3.8" Cretaceous Fossil Fish - Lebanon

This is a bargain, fossil fish from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits near Hakel, Lebanon. There are dozens of species of fish described from these deposits which makes identification difficult. Given that the preservation of these fossils is a top-down view it makes identification even more difficult, though the most likely candidates are of the genera, Armigatus and Scombroclupea.

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

Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
Fish: 3.8" long (straight line), Rock: 3.85 x 3.6"
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