4.6" Cretaceous Fossil Shark - Hjoula, Lebanon

This is a rare, partial fossil shark from the famous Upper Cretaceous marine deposits near Hjoula, Lebanon. Like most of the sharks in the Lebanese lagerstätten, it is fairly small at 4.6" long but with nice preservation. Sharks like this are one of the rarer components of the fauna in the formation.

There are natural quartz seams through this rock where the rock naturally fractured and shifted, explaining the disarticulation of the shark. 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
Unidentified Shark
LOCATION
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
FORMATION
Sannine Formation
SIZE
4.6" (straightline measurement) on 7.1 x 6.1" limestone
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#173370
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