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    La Brea Tarpits

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    La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles

  • Lynda Taffi

    Tar pits around the world are unusual in accumulating more predators than prey. The reason for this is unknown, but one theory is that a large prey animal would die or become stuck in a tar pit, attracting predators across long distances. This predator trap would catch predators along with their prey. Another theory is that dire wolves and their prey may have been trapped during a hunt. Since modern wolves hunt in packs, each prey animal could take several wolves with it.

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La Brea Tar Pits is a group of tar pits that is registered as a National Natural Landmark. You can explore the tar pits and visit the accompanying museum which does cost a fee. Visiting the pits however is completely free.

The La Brea Tar Pits have been around for thousands of years. Located in Hancock Park the tar pits show what life was like during the time of the cave man. If you visit on the second Tuesday of the month you can also visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) next door.

Volunteers work on the pelvis bone of a mammoth nicknamed “Zed” found at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles /February 18, 2009.::Op de voorgrond / MAMMOETkiezen :: olifanten evolutie | Tsjok's blog

Los Angeles, California: La Brea Tar Pits on Wilshire Boulevard. Amazing history in the middle of Los Angeles!! Every child should be able to see the ongoing excavations. The tar pits, by the way, still are bubbling with methane gas. Visit the musuem's webpage at

La Brea Tarpits in Los Angeles. Very cool place to see what was happening in L.A. waaaaaaay before Hollywood showed up!

Examine fossils from the Ice Age, such as the saber tooth tiger, at the La Brea Tar Pits.

La Brea Tar Pits museum in Los Angeles is free Tuesday

La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum - 100 Places to Take Your Family in the U.S. Slideshow at Frommer's

Smilodon or Saber-tooth Cat from the La Brea Tar Pits. The George C. Page Museum is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there. The La Brea Tar Pits are now a registered National Natural Landmark. George C. Page Museum 5801 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036 Tel. (323) 934-7243.