8.8" Viper Fish (Prionolepis) Fossil - Lebanon

 
 
 
This is a beautifully preserved predatory fish from the fossil deposits near Byblos, Lebanon, Prionolepis cataphractus. The detailed preservation on this 8.8" fish is very colorful, with great detail on the fins, scales and head. One really cool thing about this fossil, is it's last meal is visible in it's stomach. There is a fish with it's head facing facing backwards, as predatory fish swallowed their prey head first.

There is no restoration or color enhancement on the fish. We purchase our Lebonese material directly from one of the families that have worked the quarries for generations.

I've including a photo of the quarry in the photo set.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Prionolepis cataphractus
LOCATION
Hgula, Byblos, Lebanon
FORMATION
Sannine Formation
SIZE
8.8" long on 10.4x5.6" matrix
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#16448
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