LA Adventure Specialist - 4:02 27 January 2011

La Brea Tar Pits

Most people who visit Los Angeles want to experience all the glitz and glam. I, too, wanted to see the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Rodeo Drive, but mostly I wanted to visit the La Brea Tar Pits. La Brea is a cluster of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed, in the very heart of Los Angeles. The pits are most famous because over the centuries animals that came to drink the top layer of water would sink into the tar, which perfectly preserved their bones.

Fortunately, I was able to find Los Angeles tours that included La Brea as one of the stops. We had the opportunity to visit the George C. Page Museum which houses many of the fossils retrieved from the tar pits. I got to see the latest finds from the tar pits which were discovered during construction of the parking garage for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, next to the tar pits. Among the finds displayed are the remains of a saber-tooth cat, six dire wolves, a giant ground sloth, an American lion, and a near-intact mammoth!

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