The Ancient History of California at the La Brea Tar Pits
Over the weekend Patrick and I went to the La Brea Tar Pits. Finally! We had been wanting to go since we moved, but I wanted to wait until I found myself a piece of jewelry featuring my favorite prehistoric creature, the saber-toothed cat (formally known as the Smilodon), which I happily found on Etsy from Hungry Designs. I was beyond excited to finally see the loads of fossils that have been discovered right in the heart of Los Angeles since 1913, and are still being found to this day.
The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits offers a lot of insight into the area we now know as Los Angeles during the prehistoric time period, with thousands of fossils on display, active dig sites and labs. When peeking through the window into a lab we observed paleontologists working on finding micro-fossils using microscopes. One used her phone to take a picture through her microscope to show what she had found, which I thought was a really nifty way of showing what she was seeing. Another unique offering at the Page Museum is the Encounter Theatre where guests learn more about Rancho La Brea, the current digs going on, and even encounter a real life saber-toothed cat! Or, at least a very incredible, life sized puppet of one.
I’ve loved saber-toothed cats since I can remember. I recall once at day care (like pre-kindergarten) we used stencils to decorate necklaces we were making, and after using a cat stencil I added the large teeth to make a saber-toothed cat. And as a full grown adult I made a saber tooth cat at Build-a-Bear when it was offered a little ways back. Also, fun fact the saber-toothed cat is the official state fossil of California!
What’s Near By?
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Sweater: I honestly don’t remember…
Skirt & Penny Loafers: Buffalo Exchange
Purse: Present from my sister
Sabor Tooth Cat Brooch: Hungry Designs
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5 comments on “The Ancient History of California at the La Brea Tar Pits”
Ahh you look so adorable!! And I love your pin, it’s so friggin awesome! I honestly had no clue that was our state fossil, that’s a pretty badass creature to have as the state fossil.
I love the prehistoric museums, and this one look particularly fun! Still remember the large whale skeleton when I was I kid, it almost looked like I could easily fit into his mouth. I really really love your brooch, what a piece! And your bag is so cute. Have a wonderful week!
You look very cute! The light blue suits you very well!
Oh my goodness, I had no idea American sates had official fossils – I find that pretty awesome! It sounds & looks like the tar pit & museum were an interesting place to visit
Coordinating one’s jewelry (and/or outfit in general) to a special location is something I truly adore doing, too.
Your brooch is all kinds of cool and this whole outfit is charmingly beautiful.