9.2" Cretaceous Plant (Sapindopsis) Fossil - Nammoura Quarry

This is an unusual find, it's a well preserved plant (Sapindopsis) fossil from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits (Nammoura Quarry) near Hjoula, Lebanon. These deposits are known for their remarkable preserved fossil fish, but occasionally terrestrial plant fossils which got swept out to sea can be found in them also. This plant fossil measures roughly 9.2" long.

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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

DETAILS
SPECIES
Sapindopsis sp.
LOCATION
Nammoura Quarry, Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
FORMATION
Sannine Formation
SIZE
9.2" long on 10.5 x 9" limestone
CATEGORY
ITEM
#173132
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