2.7" Cretaceous Primitive Eel (Enchelion) - Lebanon

 
Enchelion is one of the earliest known eels which lived during the Upper Cretaceous. This is a very detailed, 2.7" long specimen from the famous, marine deposits near Hjoula, Lebanon. Enchelion is one of the scarcer fish found at this location. 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

DETAILS
SPECIES
Enchelion montium
LOCATION
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
SIZE
2.7" long on 3.7x2.9" rock
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#70293
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