Cretaceous Transitional Fish Pateroperca

Pateroperca libanica Fish Fossil

Order Ctenothrissiformes, Family Aulopidae

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

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch) Fish Fossil is 83 mm in length on a 90 mm by 127 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatt, Hajoula, Lebanon

Code: L556

Price: $425.00

Cretaceous libanica Fish FossilDescription: A fine example of the Order Ctenothrissiformes, Family Aulopidae, Pateroperca 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. While there is a repaired matrix crack, it does not involve the fish itself. There is virtually NO restoration, with the rich color to the specimen entirely natural.

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