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Found 68 results

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Allodesmus sp. mandible

    From the album Fossils found by ynoT at Shark Tooth Hill California

    Allodesmus sp. mandible with an upper incisor and a cetacean vertebra from the round mountain silt.
  13. Find from STH

    Picture is of my find of teeth from STH area of Bakersfield CA. All found with a few hours of digging. Not a bad day!
  14. Sharktooth Hill Coprolite?

    Hey Hi again, Here is another oddity that has shown up in the buckets of stuff I collected at Sharktooth hill. Not sure when it was found or which site on the Ernst quarries it was found at. I know it is a manganese concreation, but it has an unusual amount of bone pieces and a fish tooth mixed in on the surface and the sape is atypical of the other pieces of manganese that I have seen there. I was thinking it is a manganese replacement of a fish excrement. What do Y'All think? scale is an inch ruler. Thank Y'All!! Tony
  15. Odd shark tooth from STH

    Hey hi Folks, I was cleaning this Galeocerdo sp. in matrix piece from Sharktooth hill (area)... And found this little thing on the other side of the bone fragment... It is just over 1/4 inch. The damage was pre burial. I think it had a cusp on both sides. I can not see any serrations at x10 magnification. Any ideas of what it is? Thanks Y'All, Tony
  16. I recently won an Auction that was started by Tony (YNOT) and it included a Medium box of Sharktooth Hill micro matrix. The below pics, along with specimen counts, are examples of some of the items that I found in this matrix. (+80) Cetorhinus (Basking Shark) (+300) Myliobatis mouth plates
  17. Booked a morning at Ernst Quarries since I had some work in Bakersfield this week. Thought I would show what little I found. Not the most productive three hours but any day digging in dirt is better than working. The weather was unbelievable as well.
  18. Hey hi Y'All, Every year the rock club that I belong to puts displays in the local library to advertise their upcoming show. This year We are hosting the California federation for a 3 day show (a month earlier than usual.), September 16, 17 and 18, 2016 in Placerville. The club has put displays up in August (The club will also have displays up in September.) One of the August displays was set up by Me, with some of My Sharktooth Hill finds. Here is a picture of the display... I will post closer views if anyone is interested. Enjoy! Tony
  19. Sea Lion femur?

    Hey Hi Folks, I Found this bone at Sharktooth hill this spring. It has been hiding in one of the buckets of matrix that I collected. Is it a Sea Lion femur? Is it possible to tell which critter it came from? Thanks for the help!! Tony More pictures coming...
  20. A simple prep.

    I have been cleaning the matrix pieces that I have found at Sharktooth Hill. Thought that Y'All might like to see one from start to finish. I chose a pathologic Cosmopolitodus (Isurus) planus. Here are front and back pictures as found... Five minutes later...another tooth appears. Five minutes later an unseen crack removes most of the excess matrix and another tooth appears (Fish this time.).. More....