We all read about the tar pits in school, but this was totally amazing.
We were in town for the Rose Bowl and rented a car a couple of days before the Game. We didn't plan on visiting the Museum. We stumbled upon it touring the City on our own.
We figured we'd spend half an hour tops. We spent over an hour.We didn't have time in the day to see any of the movies available.
The exhibits are extremely interesting. We didn't know anything about the ownership history of La Brea. That alone was amazing. It was a lesson in the development of California agriculture, oil, real estate development and History.
The scope of the Tar Pit finds is illustrated by the wall of 460 Dire Wolf skulls which are a small percentage of the Dire Wolf skulls found to this point. The scope of the finds are amazing!
It was fascinating watching two people sorting little specks under microscopes to find minute bones blackened by the tar with fine, camel hair brushes.
Seeing the pits bubble with methane is also amazing. One can imagine animals becoming trapped. It's so interesting to read how some animals would wait until dark knowing the tar would stabilize in cooler temperatures and then venture after their prey.
The Park is beautifully planned and well maintained. Many families and several tours were , but there's plenty of space for all.
This is one of those sites that makes History books come alive more so than you'd ever imagine.
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