10.6" Predatory Fossil Fish (Apateopholis) - Hakel, Lebanon

This is a rare predatory fish (Apateopholis laniatus) from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits near Hakel, Lebanon. It is 10.6" in length and is beautifully preserved. Apateopholis has an elongated head, with long jaws full of small teeth forming what almost looks like a beak. These long jaws might have been quite effected at side-slashing to capture prey.

It is located on a 12.8 x 4.9" slab of limestone with no cracks or repairs and comes with an acrylic display stand.

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 including examples of soft bodied preservation.

A photo of the quarry at Hakel, Lebanon
A photo of the quarry at Hakel, Lebanon

Apateopholis laniatus
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
10.6" long on 12.8 x 4.9" limestone
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