La Brea Tar Pits, CA
On July 15th, 2016; Becky, (my wife) was asked to sing at a wedding in Disneyland. While we were there we visited the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.
At Rancho La Bra, semi-solid asphalt oozes from the ground to create tar pits.
Formed beneath the sea over millions of years, the crude oil began seeping through rock fissures after earthquakes raised California’s seabed 40,000 years ago.
Incredibly sticky, but with a deceiving layer of water, the pools acted like giant flypapers for animals.
La Brea’s pools have been fooling herbivores, carnivores and scavengers for millennia—those that entered the pools became trapped and suffocated in the deep glutinous deposits, entombing extinct species such as the giant ground-sloth, camel, tapir, mammoth, saber-toothed cat, mastodon, panther, sub-nosed bear and the dire wolf.
With literally millions of fossils excavated, La Brea is one of the best-known fossil communities in the world.