Rare, 4.2" Fossil Octopus (Keuppia) - Preserved Tentacles & Ink Sac!

This is a truly exceptional and rare fossil, a 4.2" long octopus from the Upper Cretaceous Sannine Formation of Hakel, Lebanon. It has excellent soft-bodied preservation including tentacles and even the ink sack, however the gladius is not visible on this specimen. The tentacles are still partially covered in limestone along one side of the specimen, meaning this octopus fossil is likely around 4.7" long. It could likely be prepared further by a skilled preparitor to expose the tentacles more.

A paper describing this genus can be found at the link:

NEW OCTOPODS (CEPHALOPODA: COLEOIDEA) FROM THE LATE CRETACEOUS (UPPER CENOMANIAN) OF HÂKEL AND HÂDJOULA, LEBANON

Both the positive and negative halves of this specimen are included. Comes with acrylic display stands.

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 including examples of soft bodied preservation.

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

FOR SALE
$1,995
DETAILS
SPECIES
Keuppia sp.
LOCATION
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
FORMATION
Sannine Formation
SIZE
4.2" long on 5.6 x 3.4" limestone
ITEM
#162776
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