April 19th, 2014

La Brea Tar PitsComments Off

When visiting LA you should definitely plan time to stop by the La Brea Tar Pits and Hancock Park which are considered a piece of urban Los Angeles that embraces prehistoric times simultaneously. Tar (or asphalt) has been seeping up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years and over the centuries many of the animals that came to drink the water that often covered the tar fell in, often to be preserved over time. Mammoths, dire wolves, short-faced bear and even the saber-toothed cat are some of the many fossils to be found in the pits; but only one human skeleton (that of a woman dating back to approximately 9000 BP) has been found to date. Along with the animal and human fossils are insect and (more…)