La Brea Tar Pits

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La Brea Tar Pits are a group of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed in urban Los Angeles.wikipedia
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Asphalt

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Natural asphalt (also called asphaltum, bitumen, pitch, or tar—brea in Spanish) has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years.
Common colloquial usage often refers to various forms of asphalt as "tar", as in the name of the La Brea Tar Pits.

Hancock Park

La Brea Tar Pits are a group of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed in urban Los Angeles. In Hancock Park, crude oil seeps up along the 6th Street Fault from the Salt Lake Oil Field, which underlies much of the Fairfax District north of the park.
The park's destinations include: the La Brea Tar Pits; the adjacent George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries, which displays the fossils of Ice Age prehistoric mammals from the tar pits, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art−LACMA complex.

Tar pit

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La Brea Tar Pits are a group of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed in urban Los Angeles.
Major tar pits include Binagadi asphalt lake, the La Brea Tar Pits, the Carpinteria Tar Pits, the McKittrick Tar Pits, Pitch Lake, and Lake Bermudez.

Salt Lake Oil Field

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In Hancock Park, crude oil seeps up along the 6th Street Fault from the Salt Lake Oil Field, which underlies much of the Fairfax District north of the park.
The field is also notable as being the source, by long-term seepage of crude oil to the ground surface along the 6th Street Fault, of the famous La Brea Tar Pits.

George C. Page

The George C. Page Museum is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there.
George C. Page (1901–2000) was an American real estate developer, shipper, entrepreneur, and philanthropist; he is best known as the namesake of the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California.

William Warren Orcutt

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Union Oil geologist W. W. Orcutt is credited, in 1901, with first recognizing that fossilized prehistoric animal bones were preserved in pools of asphalt on the Hancock Ranch.
He is also known for his contributions to paleontology, which brought the fossils of the La Brea Tar Pits to the attention of the scientific community.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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On February 18, 2009, George C. Page Museum formally announced the 2006 discovery of 16 fossil deposits that had been removed from the ground during the construction of an underground parking garage for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art next to the tar pits.
LACMA is on Museum Row, adjacent to the La Brea Tar Pits (George C. Page Museum).

Tongva

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The Native American Chumash and Tongva people living in the area built boats unlike any others in North America prior to contact by settlers.
To build them, they used planks of driftwood pine that were sewn together with vegetable fiber cord, edge to edge, and then glued with the tar that was available either from the La Brea Tar Pits, or as asphalt that had washed up on shore from offshore oil seeps.

Sequoia sempervirens

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Pulling fallen Northern California redwood trunks and pieces of driftwood from the Santa Barbara Channel, their ancestors learned to seal the cracks between the boards of the large wooden plank canoes by using the natural resource of tar.
During the last ice age, perhaps as recently as 10,000 years ago, redwood trees grew as far south as the Los Angeles area (coast redwood bark found in subway excavations and at La Brea tar pits).

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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The George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries, part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, was built next to the tar pits in Hancock Park on Wilshire Boulevard. However, the history of the fossil museum began in 1913, when George Allan Hancock, the owner of Rancho La Brea, granted the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County exclusive excavation rights at the Tar Pits for two years.
The museum is actually associated with two other museums in Greater Los Angeles: the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park and the William S. Hart Ranch and Museum in Newhall.

George Allan Hancock

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However, the history of the fossil museum began in 1913, when George Allan Hancock, the owner of Rancho La Brea, granted the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County exclusive excavation rights at the Tar Pits for two years.
He inherited Rancho La Brea, including the La Brea Tar Pits which he donated to Los Angeles County.

Rancho La Brea

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However, the history of the fossil museum began in 1913, when George Allan Hancock, the owner of Rancho La Brea, granted the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County exclusive excavation rights at the Tar Pits for two years. The La Brea Tar Pits and Hancock Park are situated within what was once the Mexican land grant of Rancho La Brea, now part of urban Los Angeles in the Miracle Mile district.
The grant included the famous La Brea Tar Pits.

Dire wolf

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Among the finds are remains of a saber-toothed cat, dire wolves, bison, horses, a giant ground sloth, turtles, snails, clams, millipedes, fish, gophers, and an American lion.
The largest collection of its fossils has been obtained from the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

Miracle Mile, Los Angeles

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The La Brea Tar Pits and Hancock Park are situated within what was once the Mexican land grant of Rancho La Brea, now part of urban Los Angeles in the Miracle Mile district.
Acclaimed as "America's Champs-Élysées," this stretch of Wilshire near the La Brea Tar Pits was named "Miracle Mile" for its improbable rise to prominence.

Saber-toothed cat

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Among the finds are remains of a saber-toothed cat, dire wolves, bison, horses, a giant ground sloth, turtles, snails, clams, millipedes, fish, gophers, and an American lion.
Evidence from the numbers found at La Brea Tar Pits suggests that Smilodon, like modern lions, was a social carnivore.

Bison

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Among the finds are remains of a saber-toothed cat, dire wolves, bison, horses, a giant ground sloth, turtles, snails, clams, millipedes, fish, gophers, and an American lion.
B. antiquus was the most common megafaunal species on the North American continent during much of the Late Pleistocene and is the most commonly found large animal found at the La Brea Tar Pits.

Pleistocene coyote

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In commemoration of Orcutt's initial discovery, paleontologists named the La Brea coyote (Canis latrans orcutti) in his honor.
Behaviorally, it is likely to have been more social than the modern coyote, as its remains are the third most common in the La Brea Tar Pits, after dire wolves and sabre-toothed cats, both thought to be gregarious species.

La Brea Woman

Only one human has been found, a partial skeleton of the La Brea Woman dated to around 10,000 calendar years (about 9,000 radiocarbon years) BP, who was 17 to 25 years old at death and found associated with remains of a domestic dog, so was interpreted to have been ceremonially interred.
La Brea Woman is the name for a human whose remains were found in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California.

Wilshire Boulevard

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The George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries, part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, was built next to the tar pits in Hancock Park on Wilshire Boulevard.

John Campbell Merriam

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John C. Merriam of the University of California led much of the original work in this area early in the 1900s.
The first vertebrate paleontologist on the West Coast of the United States, he is best known for his taxonomy of vertebrate fossils at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, particularly with the genus Smilodon, more commonly known as the sabertooth cat.

Miracle Mile (film)

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1941 (1979), An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997), Bad Influence (1990), Busting (1974), Drain the Oceans (2009 National Geographic special), Eye for an Eye (1996), Invasion of the Pod People (2007), Land of the Lost (2009), Last Action Hero (1993), Miracle Mile (1988), My Girl 2 (1994), Seven Psychopaths (2012), The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990), The Hammer (2007), Volcano (1997)
The film opens with the two main characters, Harry (Anthony Edwards) and Julie (Mare Winningham), meeting at the La Brea Tar Pits and immediately falling in love.

American lion

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Among the finds are remains of a saber-toothed cat, dire wolves, bison, horses, a giant ground sloth, turtles, snails, clams, millipedes, fish, gophers, and an American lion.
About 80 American lion individuals have been recovered from the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, so their morphology is well known.

Land of the Lost (film)

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Pompous paleontologist Rick Marshall has a low-level job at the La Brea Tar Pits, three years after a disastrous interview with Matt Lauer of Today became a viral video and ruined his career.

Volcano (1997 film)

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1941 (1979), An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997), Bad Influence (1990), Busting (1974), Drain the Oceans (2009 National Geographic special), Eye for an Eye (1996), Invasion of the Pod People (2007), Land of the Lost (2009), Last Action Hero (1993), Miracle Mile (1988), My Girl 2 (1994), Seven Psychopaths (2012), The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990), The Hammer (2007), Volcano (1997)
His character attempts to divert the path of a dangerous lava flow through the streets of Los Angeles following the formation of a volcano at the La Brea Tar Pits.

1941 (film)

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1941 (1979), An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997), Bad Influence (1990), Busting (1974), Drain the Oceans (2009 National Geographic special), Eye for an Eye (1996), Invasion of the Pod People (2007), Land of the Lost (2009), Last Action Hero (1993), Miracle Mile (1988), My Girl 2 (1994), Seven Psychopaths (2012), The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990), The Hammer (2007), Volcano (1997)
Kelso pursues Birkhead's plane and shoots it down, causing it to crash into the La Brea Tar Pits.