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  1. 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!
  2. Heterodontus anterior tooth

    Bullhead shark anterior tooth from micro matrix collected at Ernst Quarries.
  3. Found in micro matrix collected at Ernst Quarries.
  4. Is it a megalodon?

    Hey hi Y'all,'I found this while re-searching through My collection of teeth from Sharktooth hill. Is it a megalodon?
  5. Sharktooth hill unknown.

    Something for Y'all to ponder on.... Scale is in millimeter.
  6. Found these while searching some of the very fine matrix from Sharktooth hill. My first thought was a cusp from a shark tooth, but they have no damage other than no root. Had a couple of other thoughts, but they did not fit either. This left Me with fish tooth as the most likely candidate. Please help to deny or confirm this idea. Scale in millimeters. Thanks for any help, Tony
  7. Isurus planus 05

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Isurus planus Sharktooth Hill Bakersfield, CA
  8. Isurus planus 04

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Isurus planus Sharktooth Hill Bakersfield, CA
  9. Isurus planus 03

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Isurus planus Sharktooth Hill Bakersfield, CA
  10. Isurus planus 02

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Isurus planus Sharktooth Hill Bakersfield, CA
  11. Isurus planus 01

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Isurus planus Sharktooth Hill Bakersfield, CA
  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. Hey all I found this little phalanx(?) at Sharktooth Hill. Can You help Me identify it? Scale bar is 2 cm. Thank Y'all for the help. Tony
  14. This is a proximal manual phalanx of Allodesmus kernensis from digit 1 (thumb). I found this phalix on a trip to the pay to dig site while looking for shark teeth.
  15. Pinniped metatarsal?

    Hey Y'all, I was cleaning some matrix pieces and this was exposed. I think it is an Allodesmus metatarsal but would like other (more informed) opinions on it. Thanks Everyone. Ynot
  16. 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.
  17. Well I was bored and started looking at a box of bones and such scraps that I had brought back from my last trip to Sharktooth Hill in California last Summer (I tend to collect just about everything that looks like something from the sifter). As I was scrutinizing what's what, I discovered two pieces fit together and Shazam, an Allodesmus tooth!!! I quickly glued it back together and now have a nice piece. Lesson learned: it sometimes pays to revisit your finds with a fresh pair of eyes.
  18. Sharktooth Hill shark teeth

    Hello all! Well, I've done an initial search of the Sharktooth Hill matrix that @ynot sent me this week, and I'd like some help identifying some of the larger shark teeth - please and thank you! I think I'm right about the first three but I'm not so sure about the fourth since the root is worn down or covered by matrix, so it doesn't look exactly like the others - thoughts? I'm pretty sure about the one on the right but less sure about the one on the left - I did lump them together, though, since they both have a pretty obviously serrated shoulders. (By the way - I considered that the one on the left might be Sphyrna sp. (hammerhead), but I can't see a deep nutrient groove in the root.) Thoughts and opinions are much appreciated! I think this bunch of teeth just might be my favourite because of all the beautiful colours!!! Am I right about their identity, or should they be labelled as something else? None appear to have serrations, by the way. I doubt that I'm right about these ones since Isurus oxyrinchus (and I. retroflexus, the longfin mako) are not common for Sharktooth Hill, but I don't really know what else to suggest - please help! None of them have serrations, by the way. And finally (for now), a couple of tiny little teeth: Thanks so much for your help!!! Monica
  19. Whale teeth(?)

    Hey hi Folks, I was wanting to see if I could get a better idea of the identity of these teeth. scale is in inches. They have a faint carinae (cutting edge) that has weak serrations at the lower part of the edge.This feature is on the inside of the curve of the tooth, but not centered. It is more apparent on the darker crown. The darker tooth also has a second serrated carinae that splits at the base (forming an upside down "Y") Thanks for Y'All's knowledge and help. Ynot
  20. My wife and I worked the Slow Curve location at Ernst Quarries (Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, California) this past weekend and collected an exceptional C. hastalis from the bone bed. This is a very large lower tooth that measures 3.25" and is in pristine condition. I saw a post recently about Sharktooth Hill mentioning the road to East quarry was closed due to recent rain damage and questioning whether the Slow Curve location (the only location still open) is still productive. I can assure everyone it is a productive location to dig for middle Miocene marine fossils. In addition to this large hastalis, other uncommon prizes from the weekend included a complete lower Hexancus andersoni (sixgill shark), a pair of Allodesmus kernesis teeth (primitive sea lion), and an excellent Aulophyseter morricei tooth (pygmy sperm whale). Each day of digging will produce many of the species and sizes more common to the locale to complement any of the uncommon prizes you are lucky enough to find. If you happen to be near Bakersfield, CA and can afford the time, put this on your list of sites to visit and collect. It will be worth your time - just plan your trip before, or after, the brutal summer heat settles in. I am undecided as to whether I should remove this once in a lifetime lower hastalis from the matrix, or preserve the piece in the matrix as is. I'm curious about other collector's preference regarding the matrix - remove? OR intact?
  21. Sharktooth Hill micromatrix

    Hello once again! Well, March Break has finally begun, so my daughter Viola and I decided to spend some time sorting through the Sharktooth Hill micromatrix that Ken (@digit) sent me as part of the "rolling auction" lot that I won last month. Here are some pictures of a few of the finds so far... Ray teeth? - different from the usual plates that I've seen before Cow shark (Notorynchus sp.)? Dogshark (Squalus sp.)? Marine mammal teeth? Any ideas? Cute little shark teeth in matrix - any ideas re: their identity? ??? ??? I'll post pictures of more items on another day, when my eyes have stopped burning Thanks in advance for your help! Monica
  22. Bite Marks?

    Hi all, I recently went to Sharktooth Hill and collected a few bones and plenty of teeth. Wondering if there are bite marks on this small bone. There are three deep grooves on the bone which I suspect are bite marks. May be wrong though.
  23. Allodesmus kernensis

    Allodesmus kernensis mandible with canine and 2 post canine teeth. There is also an upper incisor from an Allodesmus kernensis and a cetacean vertebra in matrix.