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  1. Hi, everyone! Got back to New Jersey on Tuesday, after a weekend at Ernst Quarries. This was my second trip to the site, the first was back in 2018. The weather was perfect- not too hot and cool towards the late afternoon. All three days were pretty well booked, as far as I could tell, but most everyone seems to leave by 1 or 2:00. Met a bunch of great people, and I think I had a really good dig. In the first photo, the top section shows everything I found on Friday and Saturday- all but 2 or 3 from the same hole in the "main" area, including a section of leatherback turtle shell
  2. The specimen was found at Ernst Quarries, Temblor formation, round mountain silt. This reminds me of a ray plate except the plate is somewhat wedge shaped, with very thin teeth (?). One longer “tooth” remains in the matrix. Sorry I couldn’t clean it up better, while attempting to do so, it popped out of the matrix. I hope to glue it back in place to complete the prep, but the risk of further damage may change my mind. This prep has revealed multiple specimens, changing the plan and approach again and again. Nice problem to have,right? The last photo shows one of three la
  3. Hi people, I'm visiting the ernst quarries on Friday June 5th 2020. First time there, I'm from Spain so it will be an intensive and exciting day. If someone from the forum joins just let me know. Cheers!!
  4. triplefacepalm

    Vertebra Prep Questions

    I would like to try to prep a whale vertebra I found, but I have a few questions before diving into the preservation part. My questions come in 2 parts: Paraloid suggestions and matrix removal questions. Paraloid: For something this big, should I attempt to find a container and dunk the whole thing in the paraloid solution, or should I use a brush to go around the whole surface? Any suggestions for the ratio of paraloid to acetone? 1:10? 1:20? I've read different ratios thrown around, but I'm not sure what is best for which situation. Matrix removal: Ther
  5. triplefacepalm

    Sharktooth Hill Whale Vertebra

    Earlier this summer I had a chance to dig at Slow Curve at Ernst Quarries. A few teeth were found along with a small dolphin vertebra, but the best find was this large whale(?) vertebra I pulled out as the rain clouds were quickly approaching. From my internet research, I believe it is a whale lumbar vertebra, but that is all I could determine. Whatever it is, I feel lucky to have found it and want to know as much as I can about it! Is there any chance to pin down anything more specific about this piece, such as species? Ideally, I would like to reconstruct the broken processes and
  6. Desert_survivor

    Tiny Meg or wishful thinking?

    Hi everyone, I was going through some tiny teeth from a recent trip to Ernst quarries (Bakersfield; round mountain silt; ~ 15 mya) and came across this intriguing little tooth. It is ~11 mm and serrated on both sides. Is this a tiny meg or just wishful thinking?
  7. Kurt Komoda

    Ernst Quarries Question

    Hello. I'm going to be driving out to the west coast this week and I've really been wanting to visit the Ernst Quarries for the first time. On the website, apparently you need to reserve a spot, so I'm looking at October 18th and 19th, which show as available on the calendar. I submitted a request, but my firewall tried to block the the next page that occurred after submitting it. I'm pretty sure it went through, but I was paranoid, so I also texted the number on the site asking about the reservation. That was on Monday, October 8th. I haven't heard anything back. Is this normal? There's an em
  8. Calvin Jenkins

    Shark Tooth Hill Thresher?

    This came from Ernst Quarries last year at slow curve. I don't think this is a hooked Mako because of the micro serration on both sides of the tooth, so what is it? I know I failed to include a scale but this tooth will just cover an American Quarter. Thanks in advance!
  9. I had to make a business trip to California and to the San Joaquin Valley this week. I planned for a partial day on Thursday to take some time for myself and do some hunting. After checking the weather, it was clear it was going to be a scorcher even for a Texan but I figured I would take my chances with the elements and book some time anyway. I got in contact with Rob at Ernst Quarries and arranged for a half day dig. We met at the gate at 8am. At first I thought I was at the wrong entrance since I was the only one there. Rob pulled up and told me there was a possibility I could be the only
  10. Hello TFF members, The family and I decided to book a trip to Las Vegas the week of March 21. I have to admit, part of the decision was due to the fact Sharktooth Hill was only a ~ 4 hour drive away. I had looked at the Ernst Quarry website and noted Slow Curve was open Tues-Thurs that week. I sent an email to Rob (quarry website) right after booking the trip, as I have wanted to get out there for many years now. I have not heard back yet, but I also left a voicemail and it stated it might take 7 days for a response. I'm looking to drive over either Wed. March 23 or Thurs. March 24, depending
  11. Hey all I will be heading down to the Ernst Quarries in Bakersfield for 3 days and am scheduled to hunt Slow Curve. I was wondering if it is worth hiking over to East Quarey and paying the additional $20 fee to hunt there since I've heard they have better quality teeth there. Also how does one recommend hunting East Quarry because when I last sent to Slow Curve the ground seemed to hard to dig straight down into the Bonebed like I saw on YouTube videos which they did in the East Quarry? Thanks for your time
  12. RickCalif

    Sth Vertebrae To What?

    Hello all...this vert is from the Ernst East Quarry....Miocene..Round Mountain Silt...I'm not even in the ballpark trying to nail this down...I was thinking that this might be a Caudal vertebra of a dolphin...... any thoughts? It's 4 cm in height...4cm wide...I'm assuming the holes are for Vertebral Arteries?
  13. RickCalif


    From the album: Sharktooth Hill

    Epiphysis is the rounded end of a long bone, at its joint with adjacent bone or bones. Epiphysis that are found are usually from a juvenile mammal since they aren't joined to the main bone yet....Most call them "cookies".
  14. RickCalif

    Vert2 Sharktooth Hill

    From the album: Sharktooth Hill

    Another view of a Vertebrae from East Quarry on the Ernst Property
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