Cretaceous Skate Fish Fossil

Cyclobatis major

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage

Size: mm (25.4mm=1 inch): 89 mm across and 176 mm in length on 217 mm by 117 mm matrix.

Fossil Site: Haqel, Lebanon

Code: L163

Price: $1095 - sold

Skate Fossil FishDescription: This plate offers an opportunity to see a rare example of the skate Cyclobatis major, showing the typical circular body form for this bottom dweller. At 89 mm across and 176 mm in length, it is an exceptionally large example of the species. The degree of preservation shown here is exceptional; cartilage is only poorly preserved under any circumstances. Rays are one of the most highly-prized members of the much younger Green River Formation of the Eocene of Wyoming; a fine example such as this much older genus is even more rare. The Cyclobatidae became extinct during the Cretaceous, but are though to be distant relatives of modern-day skates (Family Rajidae).

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