3D Cretaceous Lebanese Nautilus Fossil

Syrionautilus libanoticus

Phylum Mollusca, Class Cephalopoda, Order Nautilida, Family Cymatoceratidae

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (~95 million years ago)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Nautilus fossil is 55 mm across on a 90 mm by 85 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstätte, Hajula, Lebanon

Fossil Code: RS128

Price: Sold


Syrionautilus libanoticus Nautilus FossilDescription: Coming from the Cretaceous of Lebanon this is a nautilus known as Syrionautilus libanotica. The species derives its name from the country in which it is found. Unlike its other shelled relative the ammonite, members of the Nautilida sailed through the end Cretaceous extinction event. The modern-day Nautilus is only one of two genera of externally-shelled cephalopods extant. Unlike many fossil cephalopods from Lebanon (see my other offerings) this one is quite 3-D in appearance. It is the only such specimen I have been able to secure.

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Syrionautilus libanoticus


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