Exocoetoides Lebanese Cretaceous Flying Fish Fossil

Name: Exocoetoides minor

Class Actinopterygii; Order Aulopiformes; Family Chirothricidae

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

Size: 28 mm across pectoral fins, 47 mm in length on a 75 mm by 70 mm matrix

Fossil Site: Lebanese Lagerstätte, Haqel, Lebanon

Flying Fish FossilThis is an unusual, rare specimen of a flying fish fossil; note its dramatically elongated pectoral fins. The genus name is derived from its resemblance to Exocoetes, a modern-day flying fish.

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