5.6" Cretaceous Fossil Fish (Organotegatum) - Lebanon

This is a uncommon, 5.6" long specimen of Organotegatum from the Upper Cretaceous, marine deposits near Hakel, Lebanon. It has wonderful detail including fins and scales. This is a good sized specimen of a scarce type of fish from the deposits. There is one repaired crack in the rock running through the tail of the fish. Comes with an acrylic display stand.

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

FOR SALE
$175
DETAILS
SPECIES
Organotegatum sp.
LOCATION
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
SIZE
5.6" long on 7x3" limestone
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#70264
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