1.5" Fossil Flying Fish (Exocoetoides) - Lebanon
Exocoetoides is the smallest of all flying fishes and does not exceed 2.75" (7 cm) in length. They are actually not related to present day flying fishes that belong to a completely different and more evolved family. But, like present day flying-fishes it's thought that they were able to glide (fly) over the water to escape predators due to their body type.
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.