La Brea

Volume 6, Issue 122; 30 Nov 2003

If the words “La Brea” don’t stir a sense of wonder, you didn’t read the right books as a child.

To continue the theme of magical experiences, if the words “La Brea” don’t stir a sense of wonder in you, you didn’t read the right books as a child.

Sabre Tooth
Sabre Tooth

I don’t know how old I was when I first saw the pictures of Sabre Tooth Tigers and read about how their fossils were pulled from the tar pits at La Brea, but I was pretty small.

Tar Pits
Tar Pits

The quantity and quality of amazing ice age fossils pulled from the tar pits is astonishing. A sticky and frightening end for the poor creatures that contributed them, though.

Tar
Tar

It was really magical to see first hand for the first time.