4.2" Cretaceous Primitive Eel (Enchelion) - Hakel, Lebanon

This is a beautifully detailed, 4.2" long (about 5" long if outstretched) specimen from the famous, marine deposits near Hakel, Lebanon. Enchelion is one of the earliest known eels which lived during the Upper Cretaceous and is considered one of the scarcer fishes found at this location. There is no repair or restoration.

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

Enchelion montium (Eel)
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
Eel: 4.2" long, Limestone: 6 x 4.15"
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