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    Fossil Fish Pair
    Nematonotus longispinus
    Upper Cretaceous
    Hgula, Byblos, Lebanon

    This incredible "split" fish specimen is rather unique if for no other reason than each side is a fabulous fossil in its own right. The natural matched pair has a rustic nature due to the locality in Lebanon that produced them which is known for top quality fossils and often require minimal further restoration. This variety of ancient fish dates to the Upper Cretaceous and are characterized as a small to medium sized fish with rather laterally compressed bodies. The group were likely predatory and did not survive past the end of that period. This 100 million-year-old fossil offers two very well-preserved examples of Nematonotus longispinus with rich golden coloration preserved in a grainy tan sedimentary rock matrix. Other than the vertebral column in place on one side and absent on the other, these two are mirror images. The stone bricks housing these spectacular fish fossils have been sealed with a fortifying resin backing.
    Overall Measurements: 8.43 x 4.57 x 0.57 inches (21.40 x 11.60 x 1.45 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2016
    3rd Thursday
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