RARE Coelacanth Fish Fossil

Macropomoides orientalis

Order Coelacanthiformes, Family Coelacanthidae

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

Size (25.4mm=1 inch): 65 mm in length, 15 mm high on a 98 mm by 70 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatte, Haqel, Lebanon

Code: L472

Price: Sold

MacropomoidesFossil Description: This specimen belongs to a group that has rightly earned the name “living fossils”, the Coelacanths. Thought to have expired with the dinosaurs, a Coelacanth was brought to the surface alive in 1938 off the coast of Madagascar. This one was named Latimeria in honor of the lady who realized its importance, and called it to the attention of J.L.B, Smith of South Africa. Due to the heat, the internal organs were discarded. This specimen led to an intensive hunt which culminated in a second specimen in 1953. Since then, a number of them have been caught. Indeed, several examples have been filmed alive in the wild, and a second concentration in Indonesia has recently been discovered. This one is somewhat compressed ventro-laterally, but still is discernible as to its identity. There are 2 partial fish known as Hemisaurida and numerous small shrimp (the J-shaped items) as well. This one is fully 20-25% of the cost of a pristine example, and represents a unique opportunity to own such a rare specimen at what is truly a bargain price.

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