13.5" Cretaceous Shark, Ray, Fish & Shrimp Association - Lebanon

This is a spectacular fossil association from the Upper Cretaceous, Lebonese lagerstätten in Lebanon. There is a 13.5" long fossil shark (Pararhinchodon) preserved right next to a fossil ray (Cyclobatis major), a pair of fish and a pair of fossil shrimp. Individually the shark and the ray of rare components of this fauna, but to find them associated like this is exceptional.

The entire piece of limestone measures 13.5 x 9.5" . There is one repaired crack with some gap fill restoration in the crack but other than that the fossils have not been restored. A true museum quality specimen.

It comes with a display stand, or we can install a backing and wall mount upon request.

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
A photo of one of the quarries at Hjoula, Lebanon

Pararhinchodon sp, Cyclobatis major, & Unidentified
Hjoula, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
Rock 13.5x9.5"
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