1.4" Fossil Mantis Shrimp (Sculda syriaca) - Lebanon

This is uncommon, fossil mantis shrimp (Sculda syriaca) collected near Hakel, Lebanon. It's very finely detailed, 1.4" in length and nicely centered on a squared off slab of limestone. There are nearly 450 species of mantis shrimp alive today and they are sometime referred to as "thumb splitters" because of how they use their powerful claws to inflict damage to prey with a single strike.

The discovery of amazingly preserved marine fossils near Hakel, 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 the quarry at Hakel, Lebanon
A photo of the quarry at Hakel, Lebanon

Sculda syriaca
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
1.4" long on 3.2x2.4" limestone
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