The museum at La Brea Tar Pits remains closed until further notice. The park at La Brea Tar Pits is currently open, and visitors can see paleontologists working at our excavation site weekly. See NHMLAC's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Meet Hayden, the Metro Mammoth

A juvenile mammoth that was discovered during a dig for the new Metro

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Dr. Emily Lindsey, Assistant Curator at the La Brea Tar Pits, talks about "Hayden," a juvenile mammoth that was discovered during a dig for the Metro train along Wilshire Boulevard. Hayden lived in Los Angeles but didn't die in the Tar Pits, so his bones aren't the typical "La Brea brown" color of those we find in the Pits. He has small tusks and some of his baby teeth. Remains of Ice Age megafauna are found all around under Los Angeles, revealing what the landscape was like thousands of years before urbanization.