Exotic Pycnosteroides Fish Fossil from Lebanese Lagerstätte

Pycnosteroides laevispinosus

Infraphylum Gnathostomata, Superclass Osteichthyese, Order Beryciformes, Family Pycnosteroididae

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

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch) Fish fossil is 42 mm high, 55 mm in length on a 115 mm by 92 mm matrix.

Fossil Site: Hajoula, Lebanon

Code: L515

Price: Sold

Pycnosteroides laevispinosus Fish FossilDescription: A rarely seen member of the Order Beryciformes, Family Pycnosteroididae, it is thought to have been a grazer on plants, much as the modern-day Tangs do. The genus died out during the Cretaceous, leaving no descendants. This one has exceptionally-preserved finnage, with even some musculature preserved. It is hard to believe that such a specimen is nearly 100 million years old!

Also see: Lebanese Lagerstätte

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