Discover and save creative ideas

    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.

    La Brea Tarpits

    La Brea Tarpits

    La Brea Tarpits

    La Brea Tarpits

    La Brea Tarpits

    La Brea Tarpits

    La Brea Tarpits

    La Brea Tarpitsjpg

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

    In today's ecosystems herbivores are much more abundant than carnivores. It is therefore curious that at La Brea about 90% of the mammal fossils found represent carnivores. Most of the bird fossils are also predators or scavengers, including vultures, condors, eagles, and giant, extinct, storklike birds known as teratorns. Why is this the case? If a pack of carnivorous mammals were to chase a lone prey animal into the tar pits, both predators and prey would become trapped.

    Brea is Spanish for "tar." The "tar" pits were used as a source of asphalt (for use as low-grade fuel and for waterproofing and insulation) by early settlers of the Los Angeles area. The original Rancho La Brea land grant stipulated that the tar pits be open to the public for the use of the local Pueblo. Initially, they mistook the bones in the pits for the remains of pronghorn antelope or cattle that had become mired.

    Smilodon. La Brea Tar Pits/ Page Museum 5801 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 934-7243. 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.

    La Brea Tar Pits!

    Dire Wolf Canis Dirus Dire wolves are the most common large mammal from Rancho La Brea and remains of more than 4,000 individuals have been retrieved from the asphalt deposits. Most were probably trapped while attempting to feed on other animals stuck in the asphalt.

    La Bamba's

    Grand Canyon

    Bahia Honda State Park

    Yad Vashem Museum

    Coconut Grove Miami

    Dana's church, Coral Gables Congregational Church