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La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum
A little late on posting these...was1 and goldwing came for a visit and we went to the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum. I've visited the tar pits before but never got a chance to see the museum, so it was a real treat. It's a little weird, because the area itself is a park where people like to plant themselves and have a picnic, only difference is tar sometimes bubbles up through the grass and parking lot depending on geological activity. The recent earthquakes we've been having I'm sure were the cause of some of the more recent upwellings we experienced. It was very much a "watch where you step" day, as new little puddles of asphalt (its not actually tar), seeped up through the freshly mowed grass. They even had a special area where we were given sticks to poke at the tar (childish, but ridiculously fun all things considered) which of course were a bane for parents hoping to keep their kids clean for the ride home :D

Colombian mammoths (not woolly! we don't get those down here) as featured in My Girl 2, Last Action Hero, and that horrible Tommy Lee Jones movie, Volcano (lol Mt. Wilshire) Also, "La Brea" simply means "The Tar" in Spanish.


Have I mentioned I love giant ground sloths?

This was a wall featuring 404 of 1600 dire wolf skulls they found in the pits. They're still pulling more out all the time. Dire wolves are dumb.

Yep. Really dumb.



Hee hee baculum...

Our state fossil, Smilodon fatalis californicus!

Short faced bear. In the background you can see the cleaning room where you can sometimes see people actually working on cleaning the bones. If you saw the tar pits episode with Mike Rowe you may recognize this room. They feature some of the items Mike Rowe and crew pulled out in that episode as well as an episode guide/tribute :)

Of course with the popularity of the Ice Age movies you just KNEW the gift shop was going to have some stuff featuring those characters, which they did, but they also had this hilariously derpy rip-off.

This shirt made me LOL

Definitely worth a gander if you're ever in the Wilshire area. If you're a student you get in for $4.50, but you can roam the park and look at the tar pits for free!

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tigrin From: tigrin Date: July 18th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved poking at the 'tar' in the parking lot/grass at the La Brea Tar Pits... it's so weird that it's just constantly bubbling up all over the place like that. Actually I think I enjoyed the parking lot almost more than I enjoyed the museum, hahaha.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: July 18th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
lol me too XD It was especially fun to cross tar covered sticks and pull em apart. Surprisingly difficult!
mpd_84 From: mpd_84 Date: July 18th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
thats alot of skulls.i wonder what else is down there?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: July 18th, 2010 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
They have lots of other skeletons in the museum, but I just loved the wall-o-stupid the most.
mpd_84 From: mpd_84 Date: July 19th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
it is interesting.was it that dark in person though?its really hard to see the details on the skulls in the pictures...
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: July 19th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah it was actually. They're stained from the tar.
selunca From: selunca Date: July 18th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
In the picture of you making tiger fangs, the ladys face in the background is HALARIOUS.

I love the picture of all the bones found there. I'd love to visit the tar pits some day, seems like it would be rich in fossil history!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: July 18th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
lol I totally didn't notice that
buhhhfaluffalo From: buhhhfaluffalo Date: July 18th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I have state fossil envy. Ours is the noble eurypterid.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: July 18th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow. o_O What state is that? Yeeeeah we kind of lucked out. Nebraska of all places has the woolly mammoth as their state fossil (my friend who lived there sends me collectibles cuz I also <3 mammoths)
buhhhfaluffalo From: buhhhfaluffalo Date: July 18th, 2010 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha, New York! We sure love our horseshoe crabs here, I guess! (I also just found out we also have a state mammal, the even more majestic beaver...one would think we'd get at least one badass state anything, geez)
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: July 18th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh heavens, you'd think New York would have the pick of the litter on everything!
reyfox From: reyfox Date: July 18th, 2010 06:59 am (UTC) (Link)
You make history come alive.
viva_la_topknot From: viva_la_topknot Date: July 18th, 2010 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)

That is a sad looking wolf. ):
alexf0x From: alexf0x Date: July 18th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
We've got a giant Sloth skeleton just over the road from where I work. Those things where big... and probably stupid.
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: July 18th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahahahahah!!! Those T-shirts are hilarious! XD

Well, well ... that's a place I'd love to visit: I love bones and skeletons. :) BTW, looks like a nice museum; I love that kind of display! (PS: I'm currently studying something about La Brea tar pits too for my Archaeology exam! It's about conservation of organic tissues ;)

Here in Italy we don't have many fossils, because our country was half-submerged (during the tertiary era); we have just few ones, but they're good ones like the Scipionyx Samnicus: a young theropod where you can actually distinguish his internal body parts too!!! :D
furtech From: furtech Date: July 18th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
All the nerd-girls giggle at the bacula...
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thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: July 18th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
It does! But I like that smell.
doodlesthegreat From: doodlesthegreat Date: July 18th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

It's the pits!

Dire wolves are dumb.

That's why they're dire!
ladyringo From: ladyringo Date: July 18th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never been there. If/when we go back to LA/So Cal I am insisting on going there!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: July 18th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
You should! It's really worth it, and also the art museum is literally right next door. The first time I went to the pits was when I was with my art class and we went to the museum, I just walked on over. You could make a museum day of it!
almalthia From: almalthia Date: July 18th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've lived in southern cali for almost 4 years and STILL haven't made it to the pits! D: I'm going to try to go before the year is out, as we'll be in Hollywood several times in the upcoming months.

1600 Dire Wolves? Seriously? That makes me want to find an MU* based in that timeline and RP the stupidest mutt I can. My god .. *shakes head*

I, too .. love sloths. All sloths. Big sloths, little sloths, slow sloths, slower sloths .. ALLLLLLLL! Your "SLOTHS" pic were epically amazing! XD

I love how your saber cat pic (first one) looks like the skeleton cat is about to bite that mans' head off.
krigulv From: krigulv Date: July 18th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
The hall of ancient wolf skulls is the best!!!!
dustmeat From: dustmeat Date: July 18th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of my fave LA places. Joe likes it too.
keesh From: keesh Date: July 21st, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've passed by there many times after work hours, it's always closed by the time I get off work and I really would like to visit!

I guess I need to head over during my lunch break since I work right off of Wilshire in Little Korea Town. :P
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