6.4" Cretaceous Viper Fish (Prionolepis) - Hjoula

This is a beautiful, 6.4" long specimen of Prionolepis, more commonly known as a viper fish. It comes the Upper Cretaceous Lebonese lagerstätten near Hjoula. It has brilliantly colored preservation that contrasts nicely against the yellow/tan limestone. There is one repaired crack in the rock.

Comes with a 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
Prionolepis sp.
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
6.4" long on 7.4x4" limestone
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