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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dire Wolves and Mammoths

My husband and I often watch the Science Channel and or Nat Geo in the evenings.   A recent documentary on the discoveries made at the La Brea Tar Pits prompted a visit there last Sunday.

The number of preserved fossils and variety found in the Asphalt pits there is the largest in the world.  A few to mention are Dire Wolf, Short-faced Bear, American Lion, Sabertoothed Cat among the Carnivores. Many Herbivores including, Columbian Mammoth, American Mastodon, Ground Sloths, Western Horse, Ancient bison, Dwarf Pronghorn, Extinct Camel.........(really!)

It's hard to imagine this ancient world standing on the grounds among all the high-rises, parking meters and cars honking!    The Museum has done a remarkable job covering the Ecosystem, environment through the periods up to and including the ongoing excavations.

If you are anywhere near the Los Angeles area.  We highly recommend a visit to the museum. 

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