12" Cluster Of Fourteen Fossil Shrimp + Others - Lebanon

This is a 12" wide fossil shrimp mortality plate from the Upper Cretaceous, marine deposits near Byblos, Lebanon. There are fourteen fossil shrimp on one side of the rock as well as two unidentified fish fossils. There are another half dozen shrimp fossils on the back of the rock. Most of the shrimp would be about 1 1/2" long if outstretched.

Comes with a 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
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
12 x 11" Rock
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