This is a very nice, 1.5" long Armigatus from the Upper Cretaceous deposits of Lebanon. The orange/brown coloration on this specimen is gorgeous and it shows well against the light colored matrix. It comes with an acrylic display stand.
Armigatus is the most common fossil fish from the deposits of Lebanon. It was a fairly small schooling fish, averaging about 2 inches in length. It was originally described as Clupea, then as a species of Diplomystus before it's current name of Armigatus.
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