4.2" Soft-Bodied Cephalopod Fossil - Lebanon

This is a 4.2" long soft-bodied cephalopod fossil from the Upper Cretaceous, Lebonese lagerstätten deposits. It has exquisite soft-bodied preservation that includes the ink sac. There has been no repair work, restoration or color enhancement done to the specimen. I have been unable to identify the species/genus of this specimen.

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 1800s 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 has 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 genera found nowhere 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
A photo of the quarry at Hakel, Lebanon

Hakel, Byblos, Lebanon
Sannine Formation
4.2" long on 6.7 x 5.1" limestone
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