4.2" Cretaceous Fossil Fish (Charitosomus) - Lebanon

This is a beautifully preserved, 4.2" long fossil fish (Charitosomus sp.) 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 a repaired crack running through the limestone and the fossil that was professionally stabilized.

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

Charitosomus sp.
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
4.2" total length, 5 x 2.9" limestone
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