Ctenothrissa Cretaceous Fish Fossil

from Lebanese Lagerstatte

Ctenothrissa sp.

Class Actinoptergyii, Order Ctenothrissiformes, Family Ctenothrissidae

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

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fish fossil is 48 mm high, 72 mm in length on a 105 mm by 82 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatte, Hajoula, Lebanon

Fossil Code: SRC12

Price: Sold

Description: A fine example of the Order Ctenothrissiformes, Family Ctenothrissidae, Ctenothrissa is thought to have been a fish that lived within the coral reefs of the time. This one is well-centered on its Sublithographic limestone matrix, with the dramatic dorsal, pectoral, and ventral fins in a fine state of preservation. The Ctenothrissiformes are a small order that is thought to have been near to the main evolutionary line that led from the soft-rayed salmoniforms to the spiny-rayed beryciform and perciform fishes that became dominant groups among the higher bony fishes. The dramatic finnage is all natural, with NO paint restoration. Note too the exceptional preservation of soft tissue. There is a matrix repair in the upper right corner that does no involve the fish whatsoever.

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