11" Enchodus With Coccodus Fossil Fish - Lebanon (Special Price)

This is a stunning, 11" long Enchodus from the famous Upper Cretaceous, marine deposits near Hjoula, Lebanon. Enchodus is a large, predatory fish and is one of the rarer components of the fauna. It's beautifully preserved and nicely laid out on a thick slab of limestone. There is also a 4.8" long crusher fisher (Coccodus) naturally associated.

Comes with a display stand, or we can add a backing and wall hanger to the piece upon request.

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 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 one of the quarries at Hjoula, Lebanon
A photo of one of the quarries at Hjoula, Lebanon
Enchodus sp, Coccodus insignis
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
Enchodus 11", Coccodus 4.8", Rock 12.5x11.3"
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