7.3" Rare Cretaceous Fossil Fish (Hakelia) - Hakel, Lebanon

This is a beautifully preserved specimen of a rare Hakelia fish from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits near Hakel, Lebanon. It's 7.3 inches in length and shows great bone and fin structure. It's located on a thick slab of limestone that has a repaired crack that runs through it. This crack runs through the head of the fish, requiring some gap fill restoration.

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

Hakelia sp.
Hakel, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
7.3" Long on 8.8 x 5" limestone
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