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Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits
The Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits is one of the world?s most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world. Visitors can learn about Los Angeles as it was between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, when animals such as saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed the Los Angeles Basin. Through windows at the Page Museum Laboratory, visitors can watch bones being cleaned and repaired. Outside the Museum, in Hancock Park, life-size replicas of several extinct mammals are featured. The online Return to the Ice Age Exploration Guide is an extensive tutorial covering La Brea Geology, Geologic Time, Asphalt Deposits, Fossil Burial and Conditions of Fossilization, as well as La Brea Flora and Fauna and Human Exploration and Excavations. PDF versions are also available for download. There is also online information about the research efforts of the Museum, as well as pictures and information about the excavation site and findings.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Informal
Type of resource:
  • Portal:
    • Non-profit
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geologic time
    • Geology
    • Paleontology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
copyright The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Foundation
DLESE Catalog ID: IEN-000-000-000-039
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits