Beautiful 4" Rooted Allodesmus Tooth - Bakersfield, CA

This is a nicely preserved, rooted Allodesmus canine tooth from Sharktooth Hill near Bakersfield, CA. The tooth is 4" long (straightline) and still partially embedded in the sandstone matrix that it was found in. Excellent preservation with beautiful enamel on the crown of the tooth. The piece has been nicely prepared to remove the sandstone from around the tooth, creating an aesthetic display.

Allodesmus is an extinct genus of pinniped (Sea Lion) from the Miocene. It measured about 8 feet long and weighed 800 pounds.
Sharktooth Hill is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Bakersfield, California. It represents an exposure of the Temblor Formation, a middle-Miocene marine deposit. 15 million years ago the sea levels were substantially higher and central California was covered 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 operational pay-to-dig fossil quarries.
Allodesmus kernensis
Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, CA
Temblor Formation
Tooth 4" long
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