6.9" Cretaceous Lobster (Palinurus) Fossil - Lebanon

This is a large, cretaceous fossil lobster fossil lobster (Palinurus?) from the famous Lagerstätte near Hakil, Lebanon. It measures 6.9" long (including the antennae) and is located on a nice 9.5x5" slab of limestone. There is one repaired crack in the middle of the rock. Comes with a display stand.

The discovery of amazingly preserved marine fossils near Haqil, 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 1800's and these deposits have been meticulously quarried by several Lebanese families for over a century.

These deposits represent a warm, shallow sea and have yielded over 70 types of fish as well as numerous other genre found no where else in the world. The preservation on many of these specimens is truly amazing including including examples of soft bodied preservation.

Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
6.9" long on 9.5x5" limestone
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