Rare 3.75" Fossil Megalodon Tooth - Bakersfield, CA

This is a very rare complete Megalodon tooth from Sharktooth Hill, near Bakersfield, CA. While complete meg teeth are quite commonly found in many locations on the East Coast of the US, they are exceedingly hard to find in California. You can dig for weeks or even months in Bakersfield without finding a complete one.

This specimen is sharply serrated and measures 3.75" long with a nice root. Like most Megs you see from this location it does have one repaired crack running through the right side of the blade and middle of the root.

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.

Two highly fossiliferous bone beds in the formation 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 private property surrounding it contains operational pay-to-dig fossil quarries.

Otodus megalodon
Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, CA
Temblor Formation
3.75" long
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