Topic: Field Trip
Not actioned packed, but educational. Our next stop was a visit to the La Brea Tar Pits. This was something I was fascinated with.
Out in front is one of the tar pits complete with bubbling gasses, oil slicks and the stinky smell of fresh asphalt.
Inside the large museum are the massive skeletons of (many extinct) animals large and small that have been excavated from the tar over the years. These include mastadons, saber-tooth cats, camels, dire wolf, horses, bison. Other smaller animals like rabbits, skunks, and various birds still live today.
As you tour the grounds you can see crates and containers of animals and materials from the excavations that have not been processed yet, more open tar pits, and go in the building where the current excavation is taking place.
In this pit they are at about 16 feet down and you can see the string grid that they use to keep track of exactly where everything was found.