11.5" Plate Of Six Cretaceous Fossil Fish - Hakel, Lebanon

This is an association of six, nearly complete, Cretaceous fossil fish and a plethora of other partial fish. The plate prominently features an Osmeroides fish (6.5"), four Scombroculpea fishes (4.8", 4.8" ,4.6", 4.5") and a Ctenothrissa (2.4") hanging out on the bottom edge of the plate. They were quarried from the famous marine lagerstätte near Hakel, Lebanon. All fish are well preserved and bear no visible restoration. The reverse side has a repaired crack that was professionally stabilized.

Comes with an acrylic and metal 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

Osmeroides sp., Scombroclupea sp. & Ctenothrissa sp.
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
Osmeroides: 6.5" long, Rock: 11.5 x 10.4"
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