8" Cretaceous Octopus (Palaeoctopus) With Pos/Neg - Lebanon

This is a truly spectacular fossil from the Late Cretaceous marine deposits of Lebanon. It is a 8" long, soft bodied, fossil octopus (Palaeoctopus newboldi) preserved in amazing detail. You can see the arms clearly preserved as well as a preserved ink sac. There is also two fossil shrimp and a fossil fish associated with it on the rock. Both the positive and negative split of this incredible fossil is included.

There are a number of repaired cracks running through both the positive and negative with some minor restoration along the lines of repair.

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
Palaeoctopus newboldi (Sowerby, 1848)
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
8" long, rock 8.5x8.4
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