Coccodus insignis – Cretaceous – Lebanon

Coccodus insignis

Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (95 mya)

Hajoula, Lebanon

 

Specimen 01

EONS: L78 MUSEUM QUALITY COCCODUS w/TEETH, CHOICE!

Item number: 360104279088

Winning bid: US $182.50 

Ended: Nov-10-08 19:00:42 PST

Winning bidder: o***h

Seller: lowellcarhart

 

ORDER: Pycnodontiformes
GENUS: Coccodus
SPECIES: insignis
AGE: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (95 mya)
FOUND: Hajoula, Lebanon
MATRIX: 7.5″ x 4.25″ x ¼” thick and 7″ x 4-1/8″ x 5/8″ thick
SPECIMEN LENGTH: 5-1/8 inches
WEIGHT:  1.25 pounds each slab / 3.5 pounds shipping

 

EONS: L78 MUSEUM QUALITY COCCODUS w/TEETH, CHOICE OF ONE PLATE!

 

DESCRIPTION: Coccodus, often called a crusher fish or bat fish, had rounded peg-like teeth that were used to crush its mollusk and crustacean prey. This specimen is extremely desirable because its shiny teeth are clearly visible, the texture of the fins is superbly conserved, and the rarely preserved cartilaginous ribs and vertebrae are preserved as well. There has been no restoration, and no tint added to this specimen. And like virtually all sizable slabs from this formation it has been repaired due to excavation fracturing. This is an unusual genus which makes for a showy and impressive display fossil; and truth be told, Coccodus is my favorite genus from Lebanon.

Up for bid is EITHER the positive or the negative slab as shown.

THE WINNER WILL SELECT ONE OF THE SLABS FOR THE WINNING BID AMOUNT. 

NO NEED TO EMAIL ME NOW.  AFTER YOU WIN, JUST TELL ME WHICH SLAB THAT YOU WANT.

The slabs were trimmed to different sizes because of excavation breaks, but these are indeed the pos/neg slabs of one Coccodus.

COMPARABLES: Here’s a slightly larger single-slab specimen for $1,935 (equivalent), a smaller less preserved single-slab specimen for $600, and a decently-preserved albeit smaller single-slab specimen for $495. I found only one other pos/neg pair on the internet (it is 40% smaller), but alas the author is playing the “not for sale” game, so there was no price shown.

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