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Lot 1481

Squid and Viper Fish Fossils. There was a shallow salt water sea 100 million years ago in and around Hajoula, Lebanon. Fortunately, many types of sea creatures were preserved in fine grained limestone from this area. This lot contains a 5 inch long predatory Viper fish (Europholis sp.) virtually complete with sharp little teeth on the upper jaw with its mouth open about to devour a small partial fish located in front of its head.
Also on another small slab there is a 2 inch long squid (Trachyteuthis) that shows excellent detail for a soft bodied animal with a black area that preserves the remnants of its last meal as well as the ink sac which appears as a brown bullet shaped area. There are even faint short stubs of some of the tentacles at one end. Squid fossils are very rare because squid possess no skeletons.
Both of these fossils are nicely highlighted on their lighter limestone matrix and displayed in a 14 x 8 inch Riker Mount.

Add $25 for domestic shipping: $25.
Estimated Value $550 - 650.


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