4.1" Cretaceous Fossil Fish (Charitopsis) - Lebanon

This is a 4.1" long fossil fish (Charitopsis spinosus) from the Upper Cretaceous deposits of Lebanon. The orange/brown coloration on this specimen is gorgeous and it shows well against the light colored matrix. There is one repaired crack running through the rock. 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: these deposits have been meticulously quarried by several Lebanese families for over a century. We purchase our specimens directly from one of these families.

These deposits represent a warm, shallow sea of the Middle Cretaceous, and have yielded over 70 types of fish and numerous other genera found nowhere else in the world. The preservation on many of these specimens is truly amazing: many examples of soft bodied preservation have been found.

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

Charitopsis spinosus
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
4.1" long on 5.6x2.7" limestone
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