La Brea Tar Pits open a window to ancient times

La Brea Tar Pits open a window to ancient times

A window to ancient times lies dormant beneath the urban parts of Los Angeles, in the tar pits of La Brea, as these pits are home to a plethora of ancient fossils.

Archeologists have already discovered a number of ancient fossils, including those of saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, mastodons, and giant ground sloths, from the La Brea Tar Pits.

Scientists believe that there is still a plethora of ancient fossils buried in the pits. They also believe that the tar in the pits might have created a trap where one trapped animal likely attracted dozens of other carnivores.

Originally, scientists excavated the pits to find pieces of what the area once appeared like, but they ended up discovering fossils of ancient animals, and even bugs that once survived there. Scientists believe that all those animals might have fell prey to the pits' slush.

Luis Chiappe, the Vice President of Research & Collections at the Natural History Museum, said, "The specimens found here paint the best picture of ancient climate. We like to call it the miracle of Miracle Mile."

John Harris, chief curator of the Page Museum, has confirmed that fossils of more than 650 species have so far been discovered from the pits.

The Natural History Museum, which is in charge of the La Brea Tar Pits, has recently reopened two previously close excavation sites to the public for viewing.

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