Stories

Welcome to Stories, a place to explore—and be inspired by—the wonder of our natural and cultural worlds.

Burro-Ing Into the Past
How introduced donkeys and the indigenous pumas that love (to hunt) them are helping to resurrect extinct food webs in Death Valley
Suiting Up for Smilodon
An exhilaratingly lifelike recreation of a saber-toothed cat will thrill — and teach — audiences in Ice Age Encounters.
Mammoths, meet the metaverse
Paleontologists from La Brea Tar Pits develop a whole herd of scientifically accurate extinct animals to use in AR and VR
Artist Mark Dion's Deep Dive Into The Tar Pits
What blows this celebrated artist's mind? Microscopic ice age plants and rat poop
Talking Tar Pits Turkeys
Dig into some ancient turkey with our Tar Pits team member, Preparator Laura Tewksbury.
These Hips Don’t Lie: 3D Imaging of a Pelvis Suggests Social Care for Saber Tooths
A new study reveals saber-toothed cats suffered from hip dysplasia, an affliction common in pet cats and dogs, and points to supportive social structures for Smilodon.
Horsing Around at La Brea Tar Pits
Say giddy up to the Western horse
Here, Kitty, Kitty
It's been ice ages! Get reacquainted with your friendly neighborhood apex predator
You Herd of Bison in L.A.?
Hoofing it through Ice Age Los Angeles
At the Feet of Mammoths
Meet some of the Ice Age minifauna still making their home in L.A.