La Brea(king) Tar Pits News

One of our city's oldest attractions has new things to boast about.

The La Brea Tar Pits? They've been around for a bit, right? Probably, like, before you even moved to LA, or your parents did?

Yep. They were around before that. The fossil-rich, Wilshire-adjacent area was around before everyone moved to LA, save the mammoths and mastodons and dire wolves. So hearing that there's are three spanking new development out of the pits, much less one, makes our own heart burble and bubble.

Let's start with the launch of the brand new, interactive, way cool site for the famous natural attraction. It debuted on Monday, Dec. 12 and includes "a range of experiences inside and outside" the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. It's a fine place to start for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the "only consistently active and urban Ice Age excavation in the world" each year. Chills at that sentence. Chills.

Check it out. It's a dandy.

Second up on the new-new-new list? There's a fresh book from Arcadia Publishing all about the tar pits and Hancock Park. Arcadia is the company that compiles all the fantastic, historic photos in single volume books. "Los Angeles's La Brea Tar Pits and Hancock Park" just debuted at the end of November. Got an Ice Age lover on the ol' Christmas list? Worth considering. By the way, we love the '60s-era photo of a VW Bug pulling one of the famous mammoth statues through the park. It made Life magazine, says the caption. No doubt.

And third? Well, it is more of a Natural History Museum thing, but since the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum are in the same family, let's give it a shout-out. The Natural History Museum announced its Tournament of Roses float the other day, and it is a dino-doozy. The name is "Dinosaurs in LA's Own Backyard" and it will spotlight three of the dinosaurs from the USC-close museum's new Dinosaur Hall.

By the way, this is the Natural History Museum's first entry in the Rose Parade. Really.

Impressive? Impressive. We'll give a hearty rawrg, or whatever beasty sound the dinos and/or mammoths used to make back in our city's prehistoric era, in congratulations for all the good pits-based news.

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