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Start The New Year With A Trip To Shark Tooth Hill

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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...

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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!

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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.

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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.

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My son and three grandkids at Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield CA. January 3, 2015. Happy New Year!

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enoscrawler

Happy new year indeed makes this okie jealous

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siteseer

Never assume anyone here is tired of nice photos of fossils from any locality on this forum. It's always especially great to see STH stuff. A lot of my fossil digging life has been spent in those quarries.

That's a nice puffer fish specimen - an uncommon find - and a ray tooth plate with four teeth together is quite rare particularly with that more colorful preservation. Nice.

The two makos are C. hastalis.

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...

20150103_puffer.jpg

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.

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TNGray

Jeez... the auto spell checker needs to be updated with paleo terms! "C hostels" .... LOL!! (now corrected)

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fossilized6s

Looks like fun! Nice haul and great finds!

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DE&i

Pay to play site sounds a great idea those are a really nice finds.

Regards,

Darren.

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Doctor Mud

I second that - I never get tired of drooling over the nice fossils found here. I really must go there some day......

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Doctor Mud

Those large Makos are epic!

That bone on the top left of the group shot looks interesting.....also some neat looking (marine?) mammal teeth too (5 o'clock from the large bone on the top right corner). There are a couple of interesting small ones with perfect roots and brown crowns.

Any chance of some close ups of the bone and mammal teeth?

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RJB

Nice report. Ive really got to start going out in the field again.

RB

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jcbshark

Great finds, I can't get over how many Makos you all find out there. If I find 5 in a day it's a lot!

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TNGray

Pic for Doctor Mud. We usually find at least two or three marine mammal teeth. There are many bones which is why they call it the "bone bed" ! (paleo humor)

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Doctor Mud

Something seems to have happened to the pictures here.

Edit: looks fine now. Maybe I accidentally used Explorer rather than Chrome. I stopped using Explorer since I had so many troubles.

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Doctor Mud

Pic for Doctor Mud. We usually find at least two or three marine mammal teeth. There are many bones which is why they call it the "bone bed" ! (paleo humor)

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Thanks for the pic. Those little teeth on the bottom right are gorgeous!

I wonder if they are pinniped (seal, sea-lion) or cetacen (whales etc.). If I was to guess I'd say pinniped.

The bones to the left look like cetacean periotic (earbones) and the top largest bone looks like the distal end of a rib.

Bobby (Boesse) would be able to help you out with these.

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Triceratops

Nice finds! I like the view.

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