Double Cretaceous Crusher Fish (Coccodus) Plate - Hjoula, Lebanon

This is plate of limestone that contains two naturally associated Cretaceous crusher fish (Coccodus insignis) from Hjoula, Lebanon. These fish had small molariform teeth in their mouths which would have allowed them to easily crush the shells of small mollusks and crustaceans that they found while searching the mud. Some of these molariform teeth can easily be seen on the largest of the two fish.

These fish measure 5" long, 3.2" long, and the plate is 5.5 x 5.2". There is a repaired crack through the largest of the two fish. It comes with an acrylic display stand.

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 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
$475 $395
Coccodus insignis
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
Largest fish: 5" long on 5.5 x 5.2" rock
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