4.1" Cretaceous Fossil Fish (Ctenothrissa) & Shrimp - Lebanon

This is a natural association of a nicely preserved Ctenothrissa fossil fish and an outstretched fossil shrimp (unidentified) from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits near Hjoula, Lebanon. The detailed preservation shows bones, scales, and fin rays of the Ctenothrissa.

These natural specimens have undergone no color enhancement and the plate did not required any crack repair. Comes with a display stand.

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
$475 $295
Ctenothrissa sp. (Fish) & Unidentified Shrimp
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
Fish 4.1", Shrimp 3.7", Rock 12 x 6.4"
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