La Brea Tar Pits Photo Essay

Mammoth Skeleton

Archaeologist Searches for Micro-Fossils

An archaeologist examines for micro-fossils.

A Crowd Examines the Fossil Display

A crowd checks out the fossil history at the La Brea Tarpits.

Pit 91

Pit 91 is the current major excavation project.

Sabre-Toothed Cat

A sabre-toothed cat display.

Gas Bubble

The tar pits slowly release methane gas as organic matter breaks down far below the surface.

Impressive Wingspan

The Woodward Eagle is the largest eagle species known to mankind, and its fossils have only been found in the La Brea Tar Pits here in Los Angeles.