4.7" Cretaceous Fossil Shark - Hakel, Lebanon

This is a rare, partial fossil shark (squalimorph) from the famous Upper Cretaceous marine deposits near Hakel, Lebanon. Like most of the sharks in the Lebanese lagerstätten, it is fairly small at 4.7" long (~5.3" long if complete) but with nice preservation. Sharks like this are one of the rarer components of the fauna in the formation.

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

The sharks coming out of the Hjoula and Hakel deposits of Lebanon are, to this date, squalimorph sharks, or saw sharks. These sharks are characterized by their long, slender bodies and pointed, trident-like teeth. They were benthic in nature, shying away from open water hunting and preferring smaller prey which they located using vibrations and their highly developed sense of smell. There is currently one recognized family of extant saw sharks, the Pristiophorids. Modern saw sharks have been observed at over nine feet long, though Lebanese fossils top out around three feet in length.

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

Unidentified Shark
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
4.7" widest measurement on 9 x 5.8" limestone
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