A collection of fossil bones, some dating back 40,000 years, jut out of the natural asphalt at Tar Pit 91, the only active urban excavation site in the world at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. It remains open for two months a year, when scientists and volunteers descend 4.5-metre underground to remove, clean and catalogue a baffling array of Ice Age biodiversity. This season it will be open from June 25 to September 11. The abyss is tucked between world-class art museums, high-rise condominiums and some of the busiest automobile traffic in the US.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.