10" Cretaceous Fossil Fish (Spaniodon) - Lebanon

This is a large specimen of a fairly rare fossil fish from the Cretaceous, Lebanese lagerstatten, Spaniodon sp. It's 10" long and squished top down rather than the typically seen side angle. There is a second small fish associated with it at the edge of the rock. Beautiful preservation and it displays well on the included display stand.

There is one repaired crack in the rock running diagonally through the back half of the fish.

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.
Spaniodon sp.
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
10" long
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