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Learn about Ice Age creatures first-hand, an eye-opening experience even for grownups at The La Brea Tar Pits

The La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles

Jan 6, 2014

Never thought tar pits can be fun? Well, if you visit La Brea Tar Pits, you will see many things that can make your charter bus trip to Los Angeles unique and memorable. The La Brea Tar Pits are actually a group of tar pits where Hancock Park is formed around, right in urban Los Angeles.

What exactly are the tar pits? Composed of heavy oil fractions called asphaltum, this asphalt would sometimes form a deposit that is thick enough to trap animals, plants and many organisms. Because of that, animals from long ago, as far back as 38,000 years ago, died and preserved, and now excavated to give modern society a glimpse of what type of living things were like at that time.

Prehistoric Exhibits at the George C. Page Museum

When visiting the La Brea Tar Pits, you must not miss the George C. Page Museum that is dedicated to researching and excavating the tar pits, and then displaying the animals that died in the tar pit at the museum.

At the Page Museum, coach bus visitors can watch paleontology in action. Learn more about the Ice Age creatures at the exhibits, where more than 1 million Ice Age fossils from 650 species are displayed. You can view exhibits as large as a Columbian Mammoth tusk, or something as tiny as the tooth of a baby mouse.

Other than the many exhibits at the Page Museum, mini bus rental visitors can visit the Fishbowl Lab, where the fossil preparation take place. It is a glass-walled paleontological lab where you can witness how the Ice Age fossils are cleaned, studied and prepared for exhibit.

The fossils at the Fishbowl Lab are processed as follows:

  • Clean up
  • Microfossil Sorted
  • Cataloged

Enjoying the Gardens

At the museum, don’t miss out on visiting the Atrium, a beautiful courtyard filled with trees and natural lighting, located right at the center of the museum. Enjoy the serene surroundings while children can delight at the colorful fish in the koi pond. However, if you prefer to enjoy the native vegetation of the Ice Age, visit the Pleistocene Garden, an outdoor oasis surrounded with pine, sage and buckwheat.

The Pleistocene Garden is recreated to represent the native vegetation of the Los Angeles Basin from 10,000 to 40,000 years ago. From 35 years of research in the Pit 91, this garden was stated in 2004, and consists of four ecological systems, the latest one added recently:

  • Coastal Sage
  • Riparian
  • Deep Canyon
  • Chaparral

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