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Fossil Bone Bed Helps Reconstruct Life Along California's Ancient Coastline

June 8, 2009

shark tooth Sharktooth Hill near Bakersfield, Calif., is the home of the most extensive marine bone bed in the world, a 100-square-mile layer of shark, seal, ray, whale, turtle and fish bones. A University of California, Berkeley professor and five Berkeley Ph.D.s have analyzed the 15-million-year-old fossils to decipher the history of what used to be the California coastline, reconstructing a 700,000-year-period of warming climate and teaming sea life. Full Story

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