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  La Brea Tar Pits Los Angeles
by mad4travel

The La Brea Tar Pits are a famous cluster of tar pits located in Hancock Park ,Los Angeles.

Tar, which in spanish is " brea") has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years, forming hundreds of sticky pools that trapped animals and plants which happened to enter. Over time, the tar fossilized the remains. The result is an incredibly rich collection of fossils dating from the last ice age.

Fossils have been excavated from hundreds of the pits in the park. Work started in the early 20th century. In the 1940s and 1950s there was great public excitement over the dramatic mammal fossils recovered. By the 2000s, attention had shifted to microfossils, to fossilized insects and plants, and even to pollen grains. These fossils help define a picture of what is thought to be a cooler, moister climate present in the Los Angeles basin during the glacial age.

There is also the George C. Page Museum in the park, part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where you can see these discoveries. Of more than a hundred pits, one (Pit 91) continues to be regularly excavated for two months each summer, under the watchful eyes of tourists.

Address: 5801 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles
Directions: Monday - Friday, 9:30 to 5:00
Saturday-Sunday 10:00 to 5:00

Free on first Tuesday of each month.

Adults: $7.00
Seniors $4.50
Youths 13-17 : $4.50
Children 5-12 : $2.00
Children under 5: Free

Website: http://www.tarpits.org/

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  • Written Oct 30, 2007
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