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.

Rancho la Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California at 5801 Wilshire Blvd

     At Rancho La Bra, semi-solid asphalt oozes from the ground to create tar pits.

A public domain image of the La Brea Tar Pits in the 1900s

     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.

A public domain image of an artist’s depiction of the La Brea Tar Pits in the Pliestocene

     Incredibly sticky, but with a deceiving layer of water, the pools acted like giant flypapers for animals.

One of the tar pits found at the La Brea in California 2016

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.

A paleontologist excavating a preserved fossil from the tar pits at La Brea

     With literally millions of fossils excavated, La Brea is one of the best-known fossil communities in the world.

One of the retrieved fossilized saber-toothed tigers found at the La Brea Tar Pits
One of the main attractions found at the La Brea Museum
Becky posing in front of the main Lagoon at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California, (looking east).
Looking north-west at the main Lagoon at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angele, CA 2016 

    

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