Bargain Fossil Lobster (Pseudostacus) - Lebanon

This is a fossil lobster (Pseudostacus hakeliensis) from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits near Haqil, Byblos, Lebanon. It's 1.9" long (not including antennae) and preserved on it's side. One claw, several legs and the antennae are visible.

The discovery of amazingly preserved marine fossils near Haqil, 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.

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.

Pseudostacus hakeliensis
Haqil, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
1.9" long, 5.1" including antennae
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