Sharks Will Have a Week for BRFC this AugustBRFC, straight-outta Summerville, brought its dope collecting skills to the West Coast. I met up with DW in ATL for the flight to LAX; we rented a fine squirreled-powered Hyundai and headed up to Bakersfield. The Phatboys, ScubaPaul, and DD joined us for the paleo-bonanaza later that evening. The famous Earnst quarry was open and we had secured a long weekend to collect the Miocene formations. So why will sharks have to dedicate a week to us??…ummm..we had several bag-filler days…ok, we racked! We were able to collect the larger quarried areas with very warm and windy conditions the first few days. Day one was mostly hammers and chisels, but I found my best lower I. Hastalis there. Days 2-3 were very windy and sand was stuck to our ears so bad we felt like we were in the middle east or something (just sayin). We collected with the Buena Vista Natural History Museum group and met some fine collectors that day. Great finds from the group included a large Allodesmus tooth, several whale teeth and nice shark teeth. Day 3 was my gravy mode day as I bagged a perfect 2.5” I. Hastalis and several 1.75” I. Planus…we had located some softened layer and could dig with a shovel. When one hit a honey-hole, a screwdriver or small knife was the best tool since the teeth were so concentrated (check out pic with three teeth!). The last days were cooler and rainy; so cold the lawyers had their hands in their pockets….we collected a closer quarry and I found less teeth but some with amazing colors. Watching the phat-clan climb the hill sideways was pretty entertaining as well. We also hiked a bit to collect the soft layer once more sans sandstorm; but it was worth the trip as everyone in the group had nice finds. And we found some killer Mexican grub to satisfy our post-paleo dig hunger. This is a trip we need to make again!
|Sharktooth Hill, Bakersfield, California, USA
|Complete I. Hastalis
|Complete I. Planus
|Other goodies...one broken Meg and one Allodesmus tooth crown.