Lobster (Pseudostacus) and Fish (Armigatus) Fossil - Hakel, Lebanon

This is a gorgeous plate of two naturally associated fossils, including a fossil lobster of the species Pseudostacus hakeliensis and a fossil fish of the genus Armigatus. This specimen was collected from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits near Hakel, Lebanon. The lobster measures 3.5" wide, the fish is 3.4" wide and the limestone plate measures 8.6 x 6.6". 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

Pseudostacus hakeliensis (Lobster) & Armigatus sp. (Fish)
Hakel, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
Lobster 3.5", Fish 3.4", Limestone is 8.6 x 6.6"
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