Fossils await researchers at Page Museum

fossilcratesIt was earth-shattering news, literally, when, during the digging stage for LACMA’s new underground parking structure, excavators came upon a huge cache of fossils from the Pleistocene age– the last ice age that began 1.8 million years ago and ended 10,000 years ago. Crews found 16 fossil deposits and ended up removing 23 large cubes of earth that now sit in wooden crates (above) outside of the George C. Page Museum at the La Brea tar pits waiting for researchers to sift through and date them. It’s speculated that the findings could double the museum’s current fossil collection, already the world’s largest.

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3 Replies to “Fossils await researchers at Page Museum”

  1. When stuff is found “in situ” you can categorize what plants and insects are also found at the same time as the other stuff was preserved. It is like CSI for the age of Mammoths….

    Maybe they might need a botanist or entomyolgist along for the examination?

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