60+ Fossil Shark Teeth - Bakersfield, California

This is a lot of 60+ fossil shark teeth from the Temblor Formation near Bakersfield, California. They are approximately 15.5 million years in age and range from about 1/2 to just over an inch in length. They represent teeth, that just weren't worth the time for us list and photograph individually. Most are complete or near complete, though there is still sandstone attached to some of them and they could be cleaned up a bit more.

Most of the teeth are fossil mako teeth (two species) but there are also several tiger shark teeth, sand tiger shark teeth and lemon shark teeth.
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
Mixed
LOCATION
Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, CA
FORMATION
Temblor Formation
SIZE
.5 to 1.1" long
ITEM
#61747