Fossil Mako Tooth Necklace - Bakersfield, CA

This is a unique necklace featuring a large and beautifully preserved fossil mako shark tooth from Sharktooth Hill near Bakersfield, CA. This 15 million year old tooth has beautiful enamel preservation, distinctive to this location and at 2.4 inches long is quite large. Mako teeth from Bakersfield are much harder to get than locations on the east coast.
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
2.4 inch tooth, 16 inch necklace
ITEM
#5331
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