Friday, February 20, 2009

'Largest known cache of fossils from the last ice age' found in LA

No, we're not referring to a museum collection. The "largest known cache of fossils from the last ice age" was discovered by construction workers excavating an underground garage in the middle of Los Angeles (near the La Brea tar pits to be more specific). (LA Times)

It's too soon to tell how old the fossils are. But other area finds range from 10,000 to 40,000-years old. The latest find includes saber-tooth tigers, dire wolves, turtles, snails, clams, millipedes, fish… the works. They even found an nearly in-tact mammoth (most mammoth fossils from the area are barely complete). They even pulled ancient trees out of the ground.

Since some developer has a deadline to hit, the scientists are in a hurry to clear out the area. Instead of slowly picking fossils from the pit, they're extracting massive chunks of earth (one is 60 tons) they can pick through later.

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rama via Wikipedia commons)

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