6.1" Cretaceous Fish (Spaniodon) With Shrimp - Lebanon

This is a 6.1" long example of an uncommon Cretaceous fish, Spaniodon. This fish was quarried from the famous Upper Cretaceous aged, marine lagerstätte near Hjoula, Lebanon. Outstanding dark orange colored preservation which contrasts nicely with the creme colored colored limestone. There is also a fossil shrimp (Carpopenaeus callirostris) right next to its tail.

Comes with an acrylic display stand.

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 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
DETAILS
SPECIES
Spaniodon sp & Carpopenaeus callirostris
LOCATION
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
FORMATION
Sannine Formation
SIZE
6.1" long on 9.2x4.9" limestone
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#163600
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