LA BREA TAR PITS BACK TO THE PAST!
La Brea Tar Pits Excavation site of ancient bone finds!
That there are skyscrapers, beautiful beaches, beautiful coastal roads and of course Hollywood with its celebrities in Los Angeles, almost everyone knows.
But few, however, know that there is an asphalt basin up to 40,000 years old that is visited by nature lovers of all ages. A place where there are still active tar pits and is still dug for fossils today.
La Brea Tar Pits is a paleontological site in Hancok Park, between the skyscrapers of central Los Angeles, and is considered to be the largest site of historical bones.
So far, four million skeletal parts of prehistoric animals have been dug up there, which sank thousands of years ago in the sticky, black pits. These animals but also insects and plants were conserved from the asphalt found in large quantities in excavations under Los Angeles.
When we told our grandson that there are skeletons of mammoths, saber-toothed tigers and many more, he was thrilled. He was also very interested in the museum, where one could observe how the excavated bones are being worked on by scientists.
So we set off together and spent an afternoon at La Brea Tar Pits and the museum.
Even as we got out of the car, it smelled as if the road had been freshly tarred. Of course, the smell came from the asphalt pits that are still bubbling today.
We started our reconnaissance trip in the park and made our way there to the large tar pit, which is very popular as a photo subject.
Although most of this bubbling pit is protected by a high fence, there are sections where you can take good pictures without the metal fence on the photos.
This pit is one of many asphalt pits on the site of La Brea Tar Pits and an active dig site. There you have the opportunity to pursue the excavation work.
The La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park are the main source of prehistoric fossils. Some of them can be admired in museums around the world, but the largest collection is in the Page Museum.
There you can see prehistoric animals that have been reconstructed from bones found in the La Brea tar pits. Mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, wolves and many others, all between 40,000 and 10,000 years old, impress visitors.
Very interesting is the glass building, in which you can observe how the finds are cleaned and processed by employees. If you see the small particles, you can hardly imagine that it can be a saber tooth tiger or a giant mammoth.
There is a small cinema in which one can watch in movies the origin and discovery of the tar pits.
The highlight for our grandson was the opportunity to be photographed for a little memory book with dinosaurs.
He is Dinofan and there is no one he does not know by name. I find that amazing with his not even four years, I would spontaneously come up with five.
After the museum we still had fun with the various stone animals such as bear or bison. They are scattered throughout the park and do not just please the kids
Those in Los Angeles should not miss La Brea Tar Pits. It is a wonderful and educational place and also very interesting for children.