The first scientific excavation of the La Brea tar pits in 1901 revealed a true treasure trove of fossils.
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Today, the George C. Page Museum celebrates 100 years of digging for fossils in Los Angeles’ La Brea tar pits, The Associated Press reports.
According to the University of California at Berkeley, the La Brea tar pits hold one of the most diverse, best preserved, and most examined collections of Pleistocene vertebrates, including at least 59 species of mammal and more than 135 species of bird. The tar pits also include species of plants, mollusks, and insects.