We arrived a day early and decided to visit the La Brea Tar Pits and the Page Museum. Visit their website.
A quote from their website,
“AFTER WE EXCAVATE ICE AGE CREATURES OUTSIDE, WE BRING THEM INSIDE THE PAGE MUSEUM. IT'S WHERE OUR BEST FOSSILS ARE ON DISPLAY, AND YOU CAN WATCH PALEONTOLOGY IN ACTION.”
Outside is a huge tar pit. They placed a few animals in and around it to show how animals got stuck and died and then were later discovered completely preserved.
It was really neat to see so many animals from the Ice Age preserved for us today and found right in Los Angeles.
Below is a Ground Sloth
Saber Tooth Tiger
Dwarf Pronghorn Antelope
Woolly Mammoth bones
This is the Columbian Mammoth. It was huge! His tusks were longer then my kids. Makes me think that these needed to go extinct or man may no exist today.
They also found Eagles, Turkeys, and Condors.
These were the Dire Wolfs.
Apparently there were many Dire Wolfs. They found all these skulls for them alone.
Naegeles Giant Jaguar
More Saber Tooths
Short Faced Bear
Below is a height chart. The lowest green line is just over 3 feet for a black bear. Next line is the Grizzly bear at 5’1’’, Then the Polar bear at 5’6’’. Above that is the Short faced bear at 6 feet tall. Also keep in mind that is their height walking on all fours and not when they stand up on their back two feet.
Inside the museum was a beautiful atrium in the middle of the building.
They had many turtles all over. I loved it!
Below is the largest tar pit. You can see little bubble rings out in the water and that is where the tar is bubbling out of the earth.
Here is one of the excavation sites and yes they are still finding bones! There is a lab in the museum where paleontologist are working on cleaning up bones. There are large windows and you can actually watch them work.
Just for fun we drove around LA and happened to drive right to Beverly Hills and got to see Rodeo Drive. We didn’t get out and walk around because we headed off to our next event.
Bel Air on Sunset Blvd.
Then a quick drive by the Los Angeles Temple
More posts to come from our California Trip!