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L.A. Tar : Paleoforensics at the La Brea Tar Pits

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L.A. Tar : Paleoforensics at the La Brea Tar Pits The La Brea Tar Pits represent much more than world-renowned fossil sites - they're the mass graves of thousands of ice age creatures, each with a story to tell. Researchers at the nearby Page... Fro

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The La Brea Tar Pits represent much more than world-renowned fossil sites - they're the mass graves of thousands of ice age creatures, each with a story to tell. Researchers at the nearby Page Museum clean the asphalt from the fossil remains, and using paleoforensics, recount the grim details of their deaths. In the process, clues emerge about what life was like in prehistoric Los Angeles. Produced by Luke Groskin Filmed by Luke Groskin and Christian Baker Animation by Joshua Krause Narrated by Shane Morris Additonal Footage and Stills provided by The Page Museum, Shutterstock Pond5, Getty Images, Miles Roberts/John Ososky, Smithsonian Institution Kathleen Cantner, AGI, created for EARTH Magazine