Fossil Mako Tooth Necklace - Bakersfield, California

 
This is a beautiful, wire wrapped pendant featuring a 15 million year old fossil shark (Carcharodon planus) tooth collected from Sharktooth Hill near Bakersfield, CA. The teeth from this locality have an absolutely gorgeous coloration and are much harder to acquire than the fossil shark teeth from the East Coast.

Comes with a 19" cord.

The exact classification of these teeth has been hotly debated for several decades. Historically these teeth have been classified as a Mako shark (Isurus planus or Cosmopolitodus planus) but more recent research has suggested they fall into the white shark lineage (Carcharodon planus) You can read more about this here.

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
Carcharodon (Isurus) planus
LOCATION
Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, CA
FORMATION
Temblor Formation
SIZE
Tooth 1.65" long, 19" cord
ITEM
#95250
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