Cretaceous Polychaete Fossil Worm Assemblage
from the Lebanese Lagerstatt

Name: Annelida; incertae sedis

Phylum: Annelida; Class Polychaeta (?)

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

Size: fossils worms are 25-45 mm long

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstatt, Haqel, Lebanon

Cretaceous Polychaete Fossil WormsThese are undescribed annelid fossils from the Lebanese Lagerstatt best known for its incredibly well-preserved fish and crustaceans. The worms from the region have not as yet been studied in any detail. These fine specimens exhibit distinctive annulation. However, if they are polychaetes, there does not appear to be any preserved setae. It is rare to obtain an example of even one such worm from the locality, much less three as seen here.

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