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  1. I was fortunate enough to travel to Ernst Quarry near Bakersfield and spend a day digging at Slow Curve. In that day I came away with a LOT of teeth and a promise to return at some point in the future. I have a better idea how to approach the site now, and I want to find that elusive Megalodon tooth that I missed this time around. I went with a family member, and we found a lot of teeth. I did a rough count at over 350 teeth total (that does include partials), with the grand majority being very small. Which was perfect for me because I ended up using 3 gem boxes for everything when I'd originally planned for two haha. Lots of makos (big tooth, hooked, and a couple narrow toothed), tiger shark, basking shark, requiem and black tip sharks, Dasyuris and myliobatiformes rays, 1 porpoise tooth, 1 whale tooth, angel shark teeth, six gill and seven gill shark, and 1 Hemipristis. I found a TON of bone fragments. I couldn't pick them all up of course, but I tried to pick up most of the larger ones with a few smaller pieces to. I have such a hard time leaving any fossil behind. Also found 2 small fish verts and a larger shark (I think) vertebrae. Along with a couple partial whale vertebraes and there might be an astragalus sitting in there to. A couple of my rib pieces have feeding wear on them. No super big teeth, but my biggest guy was a tad over 1.5 inches. The color of all the teeth astounds me. It's like I have a paint pallette of teeth. Whites, beige, tan, orange, pink, blueish, purple, etc. My favorite tooth is a smaller little guy, but he has a mix of purple and white color with white and black lines across him (see below). All in all it was a very productive day, especially since it was my first time out there. It'll probably be a while before I can come back, but I know I will be back again some day.
  2. 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
  3. Sharktooth Hill find.

    So I went back to Sharktooth to dig on Saturday. My friend wanted to go, since she didn't go last time, so I took the second trip. My friend found a nice number of shark teeth, on particularly nice Mako-like tooth with complete root, as well as some other nice ones. She did quite well, with a significantly better tooth count than I had. She was working new holes, while I worked a place that had started producing decent teeth a couple of weeks ago, including a cetacean partial tooth. Out of that hole came this interesting specimen. I was thinking allodesmus, but it would seem to be a large one. A nice guy digging out there, named Tim, said that he thought it may be something more like a desmostylus. What say our resident, as well as transient, experts? Many thanks ahead of time.
  4. I went on my first real dig yesterday at the Ernst Quarries of Bakersfield. I won't say it was easy, but it was pretty rewarding. Aside from a bunch of very small shark's teeth, I found a fossilized piece of a stingray barb grinding-plate, and this particular piece. At first I thought it was a tooth from some ancient fish that had teeth that looked like tusks. After looking at it for a second more, I realized that it was something else. Crinoid came to mind. Being a newbie, I just wanted to get verification of this pieces "crinoidness", or lack thereof. Is it a crinoid fossil, and is it common in places like Bakersfield oil country? Many thanks, learned fossil-folks, et. al. Cheers.
  5. 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.
  6. I know you are probably tired of the Ernst Quarry posts but my three grandkids asked to go for their birthday present, all three have birthdays between 12/29 and 1/1. It was a beautiful day albeit cold for these California natives! Here are a couple of the highlights. My eldest grandson is nicknamed "Old Eagle Eye" for a reason... He found the one on the left. I found the one on the right. C hastalis lower and upper I believe. The lower is truly stunning to hold. I shoveled it into his sieve and he snagged it right away. I tried to claim it but alas, our rule is first to establish possession is the keeper! He found two of the nice ray plates and generously gave me one. I found the puffer plate but didn't know how nice it was until I got it home and washed it. This is our portion of the haul, my wife and I share. This is typical of a day of seiving at the Ernst Quarry. It is a "Pay to Play" site but you get a lot of nice fossils for your investment. The kids get to keep whatever they find no matter how painful it might be for me! Everyone found at least 100+ teeth. My son and three grandkids at Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield CA. January 3, 2015. Happy New Year!
  7. Bakersfield Sea Lion Skull Id

    This is a sea lion skull I was lucky enough to find last Friday (June 7th) at the Ernst Quarry's in Bakersfield. It is from the round mountain silt of middle Miocene age. I am wondering what the species is, maybe it could be Alledesus or Neotherium but don't know how to tell. Any ideas are appreciated, thanks!
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