Fossil Fish (Nematonotus) & Shrimp - Lebanon

 
 
 
This is a cool association of a 4.5" long fossil fish (Nematonotus) and detailed fossil shrimp (Carpopenaeus callirostris) from the Upper Cretaceous, marine deposits near Hjoula, Lebanon. They are both located side by side on a 8.6" wide slab of limestone. The orange preservation contrasts nicely against the cream colored rock. Comes with an acrylic display stand.

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
DETAILS
SPECIES
Nematonotus & Carpopenaeus callirostris
LOCATION
Hjoula, Lebanon
SIZE
Fish 4.5" long, Rock 8.6x3.5
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#70322
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