4.7" Cretaceous Predatory Fish (Eurypholis) - Squid In Stomach!

This is a 4.7" long example of an uncommon predatory fish, Eurypholis sp.. This fish was quarried from the famous Upper Cretaceous aged, marine lagerstätte near Hakel, Lebanon. There is a small squid within the stomach of this fish, its presence is indicated by the dark brown/purple color near the center of it.

There are two repaired cracks through the rock that goe through the head of this fish. While the cracks have been repaired with glue, there has been no restoration to this fish. 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

Eurypholis sp. & Unidentified Squid
Hakel, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
4.7" long on 6.6 x 3.8" limestone
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