This is a unusual find, it's a well preserved fossil leaf from the Upper Cretaceous marine deposits near Hakel, Lebanon. These deposits are known for their remarkable preserved fossil fish, but occasionally terrestrial plant fossils
which got swept out to see can be found in them also. There are three leaves in total on this piece (2 on the front, 1 on the back), possibly of two species. The largest leaf is 2.6" long. 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