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Elephants in the Tarpits

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Farmers Market

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Tarpits from Bridge

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La Brea Tarpits Information

The sabertoothed tiger is one of the most intersting animals that was trapped in the La Brea Tarpits. It is the official fossil of the state of California. The cat had a heavy, muscular build which was more bulky than other cats.

The Columbian mammoth was over 12 feet tall. These huge elephants weighed over 10,000 pounds. The mammoth elephant ate a large amount of grass.

The La Brea Area is a goldmine for fossils. Aniamals were easily trapped in the area because of the asphalt seeps. The animals would roam around in the Rancho La Brea area and be vunerable at any time. During the warmer seasons the asphalt became softer and stickier, making it even easier for animals to get trapped. The asphalt was often camouflaged with leaves and branches making it hard to see. Once animals were trapped, they became easy prey for the carnivores in the area. Sometimes predators like the sabertoothed cat would become trapped themselves. The animals were buried farily quickly by the asphalt thus preserving the bones in good condition.
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
27 in. x 39 in.
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Brachiosaurus and Ceratosaurus Dinosaurs
Brachiosaurus and Ceratosaurus Dinosaurs
24 in. x 36 in.
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Triceratops Dinosaurs
Triceratops Dinosaurs
24 in. x 36 in.
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Lila Rose Kennedy - Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Lila Rose Kennedy
16 in. x 10 in.
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Jurassic, Morrison Formation
Jurassic, Morrison Formation
36 in. x 12 in.
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Dinosaurs Tyrannosaurus
Dinosaurs Tyrannosaurus
39 in. x 27 in.
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Tyrannosaurus Rex
Tyrannosaurus Rex
28 in. x 22 in.
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Dimetrodon and Edaphosaurus Dinosaurs
Dimetrodon and Edaphosaurus Dinosaurs
24 in. x 36 in.
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Diplodocus and Allosaurs Dinosaurs
Diplodocus and Allosaurs Dinosaurs
36 in. x 24 in.
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Dicraeosaurus Dinosaurs
Dicraeosaurus Dinosaurs
36 in. x 24 in.
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Dinosaurs Triceratops
Dinosaurs Triceratops
39 in. x 27 in.
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Cretaceous, Cloverly Formation
Cretaceous, Cloverly Formation
36 in. x 12 in.
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Frank Frazetta - Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Frank Frazetta
18 in. x 24 in.
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Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
12 in. x 12 in.
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G. Heck - Dinosaurs II
Dinosaurs II
G. Heck
19 in. x 16 in.
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G. Heck - Dinosaurs I
Dinosaurs I
G. Heck
19 in. x 16 in.
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Walking With Dinosaurs - Ornithocheirus
Walking With Dinosaurs - Ornithocheirus
36 in. x 24 in.
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Walking With Dinosaurs - Cryptochidus
Walking With Dinosaurs - Cryptochidus
24 in. x 36 in.
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S. Harding - Timmy The Triceratops
Timmy The Triceratops
S. Harding
12 in. x 8 in.
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S. Harding - Izzy The Iguanodon
Izzy The Iguanodon
S. Harding
12 in. x 8 in.
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S. Harding - Dippy The Diplodocus
Dippy The Diplodocus
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12 in. x 8 in.
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S. Harding - Steggy The Stegosaurus
Steggy The Stegosaurus
S. Harding
12 in. x 8 in.
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Stegosaurus
Stegosaurus
33 in. x 24 in.
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Walking with Dinosaurs
Walking with Dinosaurs
36 in. x 24 in.
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Brachiosaurus
Brachiosaurus
24 in. x 33 in.
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