Wonders Of The La Brea Tar Pits And Museum In Los Angeles


The La Brea Tar Pits as the name suggests is some tar pits that are located in Los Angeles and have been automatically formed in the area thousands of years back.

La Brea Tar Pits and Museums

These tar pits have said to be formed in the ice age, and many fossils have been discovered from them. Some of the amazing discoveries and fossils have been taken out of this tar that had been stuck in it for thousands of years. These fossils were researched and later kept into the exhibits in the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum which is a part of the George C Page Museum.

Some of the most amazing things discovered in these tar pits are:

The first fascinating thing about the La Brea Tar Pits is that there is so much fossil available in this area that the paleontologists are still digging it up 361 days a year. The site is usually closed on some holidays and festivals. Ever since the early 20th century, the site is being dug and the scientists are still digging it for some kinds of fossils to research.


Over 3.5 million fossils have been found in these tar pits ever since the digging started in the 21st century. These fossils belong to over 600 species each differing in size and types. The species of carnivorous mammals make the 90% of the specimens in these pits.

La Brea Tar Pits
The tar in these pits is asphalt

The tar in these pits is asphalt, and it has preserved these fossils well. The scientist can even find small details on the skeleton and teeth of the carnivores.

Some very rare species of microorganisms have been found in these pits that are living there without oxygen or water. They have somehow developed a mechanism to survive in these conditions. This is helping the scientists to discover how life can exist on other planets.
Saber Tooth Cats
Saber Tooth Cats

The most commonly found fossils in the La Brea Tar Pits are the Saber Tooth Cats, Dire Wolves, and Coyotes. Over 2000 fossils of Saber Tooth Cats have been recovered till now.

There are no dinosaur bones or fossils found in these tar pits. Hence it is believed that these pits were formed after the extinction of the dinosaurs in the ice age. Also, one human fossil has been found in the tar pits. The fossil is a woman who is said to be between 18-25 years old and lived on the earth 9000 years ago.

The visitors to the museum can watch the scientists work on the tar pit fossils and even answer some of your questions instantly.


There is a guided tour of the museum that takes place every day, and it takes the visitors through all the specimens on display that have been dug out of the tar pits. Additionally, there is also a 3D theater showing how the animals were formed.


The giant skeletons of the mammoth, horse, dire wolf, coyote, bison and camel have been arranged beautifully in the museum.

The paleontologists have been able to recover fossils of very tiny organisms such as bees, pollen, insects and much more. This is helping the scientists to know about the ecosystem and the climate conditions at that time.

The La Brea Tar Pits and museums can be visited on all days from 9.30 am to 5 pm except for national holidays.

The first Tuesdays of every month have the free entry to the museum. The entry to the tar pits site is not chargeable since it is the part of the park and can be visited for free.

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