10.2" Large Coelacanth (Macropomoides) Fossil - Lebanon

This is an extremely rare fossil Coelacanth (Macropomoides orientalis) from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits near Byblos, Lebanon. This finely detailed specimen is 10.2" long, which is one of the largest we've seen. There are several repairs in the rock and exceptionally minor restoration of the fish itself. All in all a stunning specimen of a very rare "living fossil".

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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
Macropomoides orientalis
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
10.2" long
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