Detailed Cyclobatis Skate Fish Fossil

Cyclobatis minor

Class Chondrichthyes, Subclass Elasmobranchii, Superorder Batoidea, Order Rajiformes, Family Rajidae

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

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Fossil fish is 115 mm across and 136 mm in length on a 185 mm by 165 mm matrix.

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatt, Hajoula, Lebanon

Fossil Code: L589

Price: $695.00

Cyclobatis Fish FossilDescription: This plate offers an opportunity to see an example of preservation for a cartilaginous fish. This skate is a fine member of the genus Cyclobatis showing the typical circular body form for this bottom dweller. Skate FishThe degree of preservation shown here is exceptional; cartilage is only poorly preserved under any circumstances. The Cyclobatidae became extinct during the Cretaceous, but are thought to be distant relatives of modern-day skates (Family Rajidae). This is a very affordable example of the taxon; skates and rays are highly prized by collectors around the world due to their unusual morphology. There are repaired matrix cracks which do little to detract from the exceptional preservation seen here. Unlike some from the region, this specimen has NO restoration.

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