Cretaceous Fossil Fish (Ctenothrissa, Nematonotus) - Lebanon

This is a cool association from the Upper Cretaceous, marine deposits near Hakel, Lebanon. The fish on the upper right corner of the limestone slab is a 1.95" long Ctenothrissa, to the left of it is a 2.75" long Nematonotus botea and then there are two small unidentified fish, and a poorly defined fossil shrimp. The entire limestone slab is 6x4.5" and 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

Ctenothrissa sp, Nematonotus botea
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Ctenothrissa 1.95", Nematonotus 2.75", Rock 6x4.5"
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