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Geology of La Brea Tar Pits Background The La Brea Tar Pits located near Hollywood California contain one of the worlds greatest troves of Pleistocene fossils Over one million bones have been recovered to so far Dating from 38000BC to 8000 BC the bones represent more than 420 species of animal including saber tooth tigers dire wolves and 140 species of plants Geologic History Leaves and grass blew across the tar forming a thin top layer identical to the surrounding ground Unsuspecting animals grazed right out into the stuff The tar quickly trapped them their frantic struggles only engulfed them deeper and deeper Their frenzied cries attracted carnivores including the saber-toothed cat which pounced on the helpless victims only to find itself trapped by the same tar In all researchers have identified more than 420 species of animals and about 140 species of plants Giant mammals ruled the Pleistocene Imperial mammoths largest of the elephant tribe stood 45 meters tall and weighed around 6800 kg Ground sloths the size of a rhinoceros ambled from tree to tree Huge camels and bison grazed on the plains A lion the size of a grizzly bear Dire wolves were just that - dire About the size of ponies they hunted in packs Over 1600 of their skulls have been found here so far The tar asphalt is especially effective for saving fragile bird bones and has yielded the largest collection of fossil bird bones ever over 100000 carefully excavated bones The most impressive bird of the time was Merriams giant condor with its 4-meter wingspan For comparison todays California condor has a wingspan of about 29 meters The two long slashing fangs protruding from its upper jaw gave the saber-toothed cat its name The giant ground sloth had a special pair of bones wrapping its neck as protection from the long fangs Sometimes loosely called
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