3.8" Cretaceous Fossil Fish (Nematonotus) & Brittlestar - Lebanon

 
This is a excellent 3.45" long Nematonotus longispinus from the Upper Cretaceous deposits of Lebanon. It has a very elongated first ray of it's pectoral fin which separates this species of Nematonotus from others found in the same deposits. Beautiful preservation on this fossil fish which displays well against the light colored matrix. There is some restoration to the fins on this fish.

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
$195
DETAILS
SPECIES
Nematonotus & Geocoma libanotica
LOCATION
Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
SIZE
Fish 3.8" long, limestone 11.5x4"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#48517
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