Cretaceous Fossil Fish (Ctenothrissa, Nematonotus) - Lebanon

This is a cool association from the Upper Cretaceous, marine deposits near Hakel, Lebanon. The fish on the upper right corner of the limestone slab is a 1.95" long Ctenothrissa, to the left of it is a 2.75" long Nematonotus botea and then there are two small unidentified fish, and a poorly defined fossil shrimp. The entire limestone slab is 6x4.5" and comes with an acrylic display stand.

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: these deposits have been meticulously quarried by several Lebanese families for over a century. We purchase our specimens directly from one of these families.

These deposits represent a warm, shallow sea of the Middle Cretaceous, and have yielded over 70 types of fish and numerous other genera found nowhere else in the world. The preservation on many of these specimens is truly amazing: many examples of soft bodied preservation have been found.

A photo of the quarry at Hakel, Lebanon
A photo of the quarry at Hakel, Lebanon

Ctenothrissa sp, Nematonotus botea
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
Ctenothrissa 1.95", Nematonotus 2.75", Rock 6x4.5"
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