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Found 45 results

  1. First Trip to Ernst Quarries

    Hello all my fellow fossil lovers! This is my first post on here for a while, I've been lurking around and admiring everyones finds. But y'all have motivated me to actually get out and start hunting! I will be driving up with my girlfriend from Los Angeles to Ernst Quarries in Bakersfield, CA on March 28th. For people who may not be familiar, this is part of the infamous Shark Tooth Hill, dated to the Miocene at 12-15 mya. It is a pay-to-dig site, and not too bad at $40 for a full day of digging. Is anyone on here planning on going that day or have been recently? How does the quarry look like after all the rain we have been having? Does anyone have any tips on what extra tools that are helpful to bring? From what I have read on here, a Pickaxe is helpful for exposing the bonebed. I will also be purchasing my first Estwing Geologic Hammer (the 22 oz with pick end) for the occasion and also to celebrate finishing my semester of Paleontology. Some brushes are also helpful for cleaning up the teeth in matrix too. Anything else that is suggested? Please feel free to share your Ernst Quarry experiences and advice, if you do feel so inclined I will update the thread with pictures of the results - hopefully we will be able to find some goodies
  2. And so I return with another question about a particular, probably cetacean, bone. In my last adventure, we ascertained that a piece of bone, with cylindrical resemblances, was from a rib. With how little curve it had along it's length, I suspect it was from a large creature. I also have another interestingly shaped/textured bone fossil from the same general, Miocene, area in Bakersfield. As you can see, the glued specimen is a bit over 150mm in length, and sits about 70mm wide(tall?). One side is very flat along the length of the piece. Since it has what appear to be termination points, I figure that a general ID for body position might be possible. This is where I again go to thinking a possible jaw part. Like perhaps the rear portion of a mysticete lower jaw? I know, there I go again. As I said, the texture is not smooth like the rib I was given. It's got a lot of bumps and shallow crags around the curved portions. Thanks ahead of time for any input on possible ID. Cheers.
  3. Greetings, all. Recently a friend gave me a rather large chunk of fossil bone from the Shark Tooth Hill area of Bakersfield. While originally we thought it might be a rib bone, I now think that it being so straight for the length it is, as well as the larger radius, that it might be a piece of a jawbone. Perhaps a partial jaw of a Miocene baleen. Mysticete? Perhaps there's no way to tell? Any opinions are appreciated. Thanks ahead of time. Cheers.
  4. Hello, found this tooth in the Round Mountain Silt formation in Bakersfield this weekend. The tooth had serrations, but they are worn down. At first I thought the tooth was a small meg, or a large hemi. Upon closer inspection it does not seem to fit either of those species well. The root is not consistent with that of a meg nor a hemi. Now I am thinking it could be some kind of Requiem shark. What do you guys think?
  5. Family Fun Bakersfield

    First time on the forum. Went to Bakersfield with my family and my sister’s family for 2 days. Found a bunch of shark teeth including a Benedini.
  6. Galeocerdo aduncus (Agassiz 1843)

    From the album Pisces

    Up to 21mm. From the Miocene at Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, California. Trade with Fossil-Hound.
  7. Bakersfield display

    For your viewing pleasure I present one hundred cleaned and placed shark, pinniped, Cetacean, and ray teeth from Bakersfield. Tomorrow I’ll glue them to the back board with epoxy and have a label created at the very bottom. FYI @digit @Malcolmt @caldigger @Kurt Komoda @SailingAlongToo @WhodamanHD
  8. Puzzler

    Here is a tooth I have had for several years, not really knowing how to label. Found in Ernst East Quarry, Bakersfield, California ( mid. Miocene, approx. 15mya) I have read some topics on Physogaleus contortus symphseal mistaken for the Megachasma teeth, but this one doesn't seem to fall into that category. As you can see it has a huge root compared to the crown, zero serrations and in fact doesn't even have what you may call a "cutting blade" at all ( crown is oblong). 20mm from base of root to tip of crown. Crown is 8mm wide, 13mm long. I would like to finally label thus guy and am seeking your expertise on the matter. Thank you in advance for any enlightenment you may offer. @MarcoSr @Al Dente @siteseer
  9. 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?
  10. Tooth from Bakersfield ID Needed

    Last week I had the opportunity to go on a Bakersfield dig for Miocene shark and mammal fossils with @caldigger @Kurt Komoda and @MrR We had a good time. While there I found a tooth that I'm not exactly sure of. I believe it's a toothed cetacean (whale) and am leaning towards a Sperm Whale but am not sure. Any ideas? The tip of the crown is busted but most of the tooth is intact. Please help me identify this one.
  11. 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 email address, but I don't want to be a pest. It's just that I'm booking a hotel in Bakersfield for those days, so I'm kind of nervous that I'll find out too late that I can't get in. Also, if I do get in, I've never done this kind of digging for fossils. I did watch a couple Youtube vids, though!
  12. Hi all, can anyone tell if this is a dolphin tooth, and what species it is? It's a gift from @JBMugu It comes from Sharktooth Hill of Bakerfield, California. Round Mountain Silt Member of the Temblor Formation. It measures 1.7 inches long. Could it be Kentriodon?
  13. STH Micro-Tooth ID

    Hi everybody, I found this small tooth, I thought it looked like an interesting Squalus but then I looked on Elasmo and didnt see anything like it. What do you think? Location: round mountain silt, bakersfield CA. The scale is in 10ths of an inch
  14. Small Jaw ID needed

    I found this jaw section (?) while digging in Bakersfield. Anyone have any ideas about its origin? I am thinking fish but what do I know, I have never found a jaw before. Thank you.
  15. Hello, Found this interesting tooth in Bakersfield, in the Round Mountain Silt formation on Dec 24, 2017. To me it looks like a pathological upper tooth from a cow shark (hexanchus). There seems to be a very small inclusion on the side of the tooth (second photo), but hard to say if it was there when the shark lost it. The tooth is about the size of an American penny coin. Any validating comments or ideas are appreciated.
  16. From the album Pisces

    4.5cm. A gift from Cheney. Miocene. Probably from Shark Tooth Hill, Bakersfield, CA.
  17. Isurus planus (Agassiz 1856)

    From the album Pisces

    3cm. Hooked-tooth Mako. Found in the Miocene sands at Shark Tooth Hill in Bakersfield California. Obtained on a trade with mattbsharks.
  18. Bakersfield Fish Teeth?

    Hi Everybody, I found this interesting little piece the other day. It is from the round mountain silt formation in Bakersfield CA. I think it is part of a fish mouth but I am not sure, I cant believe I found such a small piece in all the silt. Sorry for the lack of scale, its about the size of half a dime. I thought I would let the experts weigh in and help educate me. Thanks for the help! Jesse
  19. Work has me in CA for the weekend so I struck off to Bakersfield to hunt for some teeth. Ernst Quarries was open this time so I signed up there, my first trip to this site. Strangely enough I was the only person to show up so I had the entire site to myself. (Strange that no one else would want to chisel compacted dirt all day long in the sun on a barren hill in Southern CA at the end of September but me?) Ernst Quarries supplies some hand tools (hand sledge and a point chisel) and has a f ew screens. Eight and a half hours later of pretty solid chiseling/ digging my results are below. No Meg for me but I understand 20 some Megs where pulled from this hunting ground over the last year. Bones & Matrix. Not sure what the bones are, probably whale, the vert wasn't complete but interesting, not sure what vert it is but it seems too "short" for whale & it has several divots in the sides.
  20. Hello, These two teeth were found at the Ernst Quarries Slow Curve Quarry in Bakersfield. These two are quite distinct and unlike anything else in my collection so far. I think they may be megamouth teeth, but I know those are quite rare. The roots look similar also to a lower snaggletooth or a tiger shark with a fairly pronounced lingual protuberance. Any help would be appreciated. Another photo.
  21. Interesting Tooth From STH

    Hi Everybody, I found this tooth the other day and it looks different from all the other teeth I have found in the STH area. The tooth resembles (to me) a Isurus lower but it has clear cusps on both sides of the tooth. I looked on elasmo and I don't see anything that looks quite like it listed for Bakersfield. The only thing I saw that looked like it had cusps was a catshark but the root doesn't seem to match. Maybe a Isurus Retroflexus? I'm stumped please weigh in with ideas. (I will try for better pictures tonight) Thank! Jesse
  22. Bakersfield Shark Tooth ID Needed

    Went fossil collecting in Bakersfield Round mountain silt formation this weekend and found an unusual tooth. I think it belongs to a mako shark (isurus planus), but it is unlike any other shark tooth I have ever found from the locality. The root is damaged, but it is more than twice as thick as any other hook mako I have ever found. Never seen a shark tooth this thick. Any ideas on the identity of this tooth? Thanks in advance for the help.
  23. Bakersfield bone and teeth ID part 2

    Here are some bones and teeth from Ernst Quarry in Bakersfield that I can't figure out what they are. They are unusual and stand out from everything else I have collected there. The longer bone I suspect is fish or bird. The one on matrix with a fish and sea mammal vert I thought was a whale ear bone at first but I am not sure because of the weird shape. It almost seems like some sort of tooth. There is another included that is very similar it but not on matrix.
  24. Bakersfield Teeth and Bone ID needed

    Anyone know what these various teeth are from? I think the big one is Allodesmus but the rest I'm not sure about. Collected over the last few years at Ernst Quarries in Bakersfield.
  25. My wife and I both took a day off work to dig another hole in Bakersfield. Our best day yet. Felt like we did not spend more than 5 minutes without finding a tooth, big or small. Found over 200 teeth and hunted for a solid 6-7 hours. These are photos of some of the best ones we found. Front and Back: Large front seal tooth (I think), and other smaller seal teeth. Most likely from the same animal since I found them in very close proximity.
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