1.3" Mako Shark Tooth Fossil On Sandstone - Bakersfield, CA

Here is a fossil, lower Mako tooth (Isurus) found at Sharktooth Hill near Bakersfield, CA. These teeth have beautiful coloration which is quite distinct to the location. Quite impressive for a tooth that is 15.5 million years old. This tooth was mounted in sandstone from the same location that it was found.

 

Sharktooth hill is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Bakersfield, California. It represents and exposure of the Temblor Formation, a middle Miocene marine deposit. 15 million years ago the sea levels were substantially higher and Central California was cover by what is known as the Temblor Sea.



There are two highly fossiliferous, bone beds in the formation that were created when fossils originally deposited at the bottom of the sea eroded out of the rocks, were concentrated by ocean currents and subsequently reburied. Because the fossils in these bone beds are reworked, only isolated teeth and bones are found in these beds.

Today the original Sharktooth hill is a National Natural Landmark but there is private property surrounding it on which there are operating fossil quarries.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Isurus
LOCATION
Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, CA
FORMATION
Temblor Formation
SIZE
1.3" long
ITEM
#69001
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