4.3" Cretaceous Crusher Fish (Coccodus) - Hakel, Lebanon

This is an 4.3" long Cretaceous crusher fish (Coccodus insignis) from Hakel, Lebanon. It has small moliform teeth in it's mouth which would have allowed it to easily crush the shells of small mollusks and crustaceans that it found while searching the mud. Some of these moliform teeth can easily be seen in this specimen.

Comes with an acrylic/metal 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 including examples of soft bodied preservation.

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

Coccodus insignis
Hakel, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
4.3" long on 10.8 x 7.4" rock
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