9.7" Needle Fish (Dercetis) Fossil - Fish in Stomach!

This is a predatory needle fish (Dercetis sp.) from Hjoula, Lebanon. The fossil is in excellent condition with no visible restoration and superb preservation. If outstretched, this fish would be just over 12" long. A smaller fish can be observed in the stomach, providing a glimpse at the predatory nature of this fish. Two fossil shrimp accompany this specimen on the limestone.

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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 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
Dercetis sp.
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
Needle Fish: 9.7" long, Rock: 10.2 x 7.6"
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