Ice Age animals at the La Brea Tar Pits

Thee Page Museum, La Brea Tar Pits has an incredible collection of over five million fossils and is constantly growing as new material is uncovered.

The animals date from between 40,000 and 9,000 years ago and represent more than 600 species from the end of the Last Ice Age. The environment was similar to that in California today, but a few degrees cooler and a little wetter.

Here are some of the highlights from the collection:

Sabretoothed Cat

Sabretoothed Cat

American Mastodon

American Mastodon

Colombian Mammoth

Colombian Mammoth

Dire Wolf

Dire Wolf

Monterey Pine

Monterey Pine

Errant Eagle

Errant Eagle

Sabretoothed attacking a Ground Sloth

Sabretoothed Cat attacking a Ground Sloth

Short-faced bear

Short-faced bear

The vast stores at the Paige museum

The vast stores at the Paige museum

Box of Sabretoothed Cat skulls

Box of Sabretoothed Cat skulls

The comparative anatomy collection

The comparative anatomy collection

Ice Age animals frieze at the museum

Ice Age animals frieze at the museum

I would like to thank The Art Fund, Ruffer Curatorial Grants scheme for generously funding this research trip.

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