Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Sabertoothed Cat Skeleton, La Brea Tar Pits

Page Museum
La Brea Tar Pits

Saber-toothed Cat Skeleton
Smilodon fatalis
The saber-toothed cat was a powerful and efficient hunter.  It used its powerful forelimbs to pull down its prey, such as bison and camels.  The saber-toothed cat probably bit into the unprotected, softer undersides of its prey so that its long slender canines wouldn't be broken by their bones.

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The La Brea Tar Pits are a group of tar pits in urban Los Angeles, California. Natural asphalt (also called pitch or tar—brea in Spanish) has seeped up from the ground in this area for thousands of years. The tar is often covered with dust, leaves, or water. Over many centuries, the bones of animals that were trapped in the tar were preserved. The George C. Page Museum is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there. The La Brea Tar Pits are a registered National Natural Landmark.

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