3.5" Rooted Fossil Sea Lion (Allodesmus) Tooth - Bakersfield, CA

This is a 3.5" long, rooted Allodesmus tooth from Sharktooth Hill near Bakersfield, CA. It comes with a riker mount display case.

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 operating fossil quarries.
Allodesmus kernensis
Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, CA
Temblor Formation
Tooth 3.5" long
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