Superb Cyclobatis Skate Fish Fossil

Cyclobatis minor

Class Chondrichthyes, Subclass Elasmobranchii, Superorder Batoidea, Order Rajiformes, Family Rajidae

Geological Time: Middle Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (95 million years ago)

Size: Fossil fish is 110 mm across and 125 mm in length on a 150 mm by 150 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatte, Hajoula, Lebanon

Fossil Code: RN32

Price: Sold

Cyclobatis Skate Fish FossilDescription: This plate offers an opportunity to see an example of preservation for a cartilaginous fish. This skate is a fine member of the genus Cyclobatis showing the typicalSkate Fish circular body form for this bottom dweller. The degree of preservation shown here is exceptional; cartilage is only poorly preserved under any circumstances. The Cyclobatidae became extinct during the Cretaceous, but are thought to be distant relatives of modern-day skates (Family Rajidae). This is a very affordable example of the taxon; skates and rays are highly prized by collectors around the world due to their unusual morphology. This one can be seen to be a male due to the presence of claspers used during mating. Unlike some from the region, this specimen has NO restoration.

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Cyclobatis Skate Fish Fossil

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