Cretaceous Fossil Lobster and Fossil Fish - Hakel, Lebanon

This is an unusual association of a 1.2" fossil lobster that appears to be of the genus Erima and a 1.8" long fossil fish which appears to be of the genus Armigatus. They preserved right next to each other on a 4.4x3" slab of limestone. It 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

Erima? & Armigatus
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
Lobster 1.2", Fish 1.8", Limestone 4.4x3"
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