4" Fossil Crusher Fish (Coccodus) - Hjoula, Lebanon

This is an 4" long example of Coccodus insignis also known as a crusher fish. It has small moliform teeth in it's mouth which would have allowed it to easily crush the shells of small mollusks and crustaceans it found while searching the mud. These moliform teeth can easily be seen in this specimen.

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
FOR SALE
$165
DETAILS
SPECIES
Coccodus insignis
LOCATION
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
SIZE
4" long on 5.5x4.5" rock
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#70328
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