Dramatic Nematonotus Lebanese Cretaceous Fish

Nematonotus longispinus

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (93 million years ago)

Size: Fish fossil is 140 mm long

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatt, Hajoula, Lebanon

Nematonotus  longispinusDescription: This plate offers an opportunity to own an example of a fine predatory Nematonotus fish. As they mature, Nematonotus develop a dramatic flag-like dorsal fin extension, hence the generic name longispinus. The dorsal fin of this specimen lives up to that name, demonstrating this is an adult example. The genus became extinct during the Cretaceous. The detail in the caudal fin is remarkable; notice too the fine detail to the vertebral column and the soft tissue preservation. The repairs detract but little from this fine large example.

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