7.4" Cretaceous Viper Fish (Prionolepis) - Fish In Stomach!

This is a detailed, 7.4" long, fossil viper fish (Prionolepis). It preserved in association with an additional, smaller Prionolepis, a Gaudryella fish, a shrimp (Carpopaneus sp.) and an unidentified fish. A truly fascinating feature of this specimen can be found in the large Prionolepis's stomach where a fish had been consumed prior to death. This specimen comes the Upper Cretaceous Lebanese lagerstätten near Hjoula.

There is a repaired crack the tail of the largest fish that also runs through the Gaudryella. The limestone has been backed with a plaster for stability. 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 1800's 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 have 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 genre found no where else in the world. The preservation on many of these specimens is truly amazing including examples of soft bodied preservation.

A photo of one of the quarries at Hjoula, Lebanon
A photo of one of the quarries at Hjoula, Lebanon
Prionolepis sp. (Viper Fishes), Carpopenaeus sp. (Shrimp) & Gaudryella sp.
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
7.4" long on 11.5 x 8.7" limestone
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