Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science  |  2018 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301  |  (661) 324-6350

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Due to the quickly changing circumstances related to the Covid 19 virus, there is uncertainty about whether the April 17th-19th Paleo Dig will be held. If cancelled, all Paleo Dig registrations will be fully refunded. Please check back here for further updates.

Paleo Digs at

Sharktooth Hill

The Miocene deposit at nearby Sharktooth Hill is one of the most significant marine fossil sites in the world! 


The 15 million year old Sharktooth Hill "bonebed" has a remarkable concentration of fossil specimens sometimes reaching up to several hundred specimens per cubic yard. It is also one of the most diverse, containing an extensive list of around 140 different vertebrate species as well as many invertebrates and plants.  


BVM provides seasonal guided trips to this nearby treasure. Led by expert field guides, groups will spend the day digging at the site. Participants can also keep what they find (including megalodon teeth!) with the only exception being for finds that are particularly scientifically significant.

Please click the link below to register for the next Paleo Dig, or sign up to be the first to find out when the next Paleo Dig is scheduled.

Our spring 2020 Paleo Dig is coming soon!


April 17, 18 and 19

Click below to reserve your space now!

Click below for the Paleo Dig rules form

(please print, sign and bring with you to the dig)