Rare, 6.2" Fossil Octopus (Keuppia) - Soft-Bodied Tentacles & Ink Sac

This is an incredible, 6.2" long octopus (Keuppia) from the Upper Cretaceous Sannine Formation of Lebanon. Fossil Octopus are incredibly rare finds and highly sought after by collectors.

The soft-bodied preservation on the specimen in exquisite. The tentacles are preserved as well as the ink sac. Both the positive and negative impression of the fossil is included. There has been some repair to the surrounding, but no restoration or repair to the fossil itself.

A paper describing this genus can be found at the link:

NEW OCTOPODS (CEPHALOPODA: COLEOIDEA) FROM THE LATE CRETACEOUS (UPPER CENOMANIAN) OF HÂKEL AND HÂDJOULA, LEBANON

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 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 has 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 genera found nowhere else in the world. The preservation on many of these specimens is truly amazing including including examples of soft bodied preservation.

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

DETAILS
SPECIES
Keuppia sp.
LOCATION
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
FORMATION
Sannine Formation
SIZE
6.2" long on 8.2 x 7.2" limestone
ITEM
#199250
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