Virtual Field Trip to La Brea Tarpits

January 20th, 2012 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi! It’s Friday, January 20, 2012 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Tarpits.org: Timeline

Age Range: 9 and up (with paretal supervision)

ClickScholar Karla suggested this website that offers an interactive, mini timeline tour of the La Brea Tarpits in Los Angeles, California – the “only consistently active and urban Ice Age excavation site in the world.”  The tarpits trapped unfortunate prehistoric critters who were fossilized in the goo.

When you get to the site, read a brief introduction and click on the “start” arrow to learn more about:

*Pleistocene Period – Meet the American Mastodon, Saber-Toothed Cat, Yesterday’s Camel, Dire Wolf, Harlan’s Ground Sloth, Western Horse, and the Ancient Bison. See an artist’s sketch and a picture of a skeleton excavated from the tarpit.

*Prehistory/History – Learn about humans who settled in the Los Angeles area.

*Discovery/Excavations – Meet a founder of the La Brea Tarpits excavation site, learn the history of the La Brea Tarpits Museum. 

When you’re through taking the timeline tour, poke around the rest of the site to learn more.

 

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