Explore The Ice Age at The La Brea Tar Pits

August 14th, 2003 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

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The La Brea Tarpits: Return To The Ice Age

The La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California are one of the world’s most famous fossil sites. During the last Ice Age, saber-toothed cats, mastodons, mammoths, dire wolves and other fauna were hopelessly trapped in the gooey tar and preserved as fossils. Modern excavations by archaeologists and other scientists and researchers have produced over 3 million fossils of not only pre-historic herbivores and carnivores, but plants and insects as well.

The Education Program at The La Brea Tar Pits provides a remarkable teacher’s guide that you can read online with your students or download to use in the classroom at home. It includes an in-depth discussion of the La Brea geology, the flora and fauna, and human exploration and excavation. The learning guide is very reader-friendly with many illustrations and fun-fact footnotes. There is something here for just about every elementary and high school grade.

When you get to the site you will see a short introduction. Just click on “Begin” to explore the guide online, or “Downloadable PDFs Version” to use offline on your computer — or to print and use as a hard copy.

This site offers a remarkable look into the past courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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