5.9" Cretaceous Primitive Eel (Enchelion) - Lebanon

This is a beautifully detailed, 5.9" long specimen from the famous, marine deposits near Hjoula, Lebanon. Enchelion is one of the earliest known eels which lived during the Upper Cretaceous and is considered one of the scarcer fish 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 Hjoula, 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: these deposits have been meticulously quarried by several Lebanese families for over a century. We purchase our specimens directly from one of these families.

These deposits represent a warm, shallow sea of the Middle Cretaceous, and have yielded over 70 types of fish and numerous other genera found nowhere else in the world. The preservation on many of these specimens is truly amazing: many examples of soft bodied preservation have been found.

A photo of one of the quarries at Hjoula, Lebanon
A photo of one of the quarries at Hjoula, Lebanon

Enchelion montium (Eel)
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
5.9" long on 13.1 x 5.6" rock
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