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Box 14 Bison Level 6

Dec 15, 2013

Work continues on in Box 14, and some of the bison bones in the center of the deposit are in process of removal.  This image shows: a tibia (1) that was removed Saturday, a...

A male turkey tarsometatarsus

Nov 21, 2013

Fresh out of the ground in Box 14, and just in time for Thanksgiving, we found the upper part of a right tarsometatarsus (lower leg bone) of an extinct California turkey, Meleagris...

Juvenile horse mandible

Nov 9, 2013

Now that SVP is over, we are back to digging in Box 14.  One significant discovery from the past couple days is this fragment of a juvenile horse mandible.  We recovered another fragment...

Pit Wear in Box 13

Oct 9, 2013

The saber-toothed cat femur on the left is currently being excavated in Box 13.  The damage to its surface is not from a scavenger but is called "pit wear."  The large grooves...

Millipede Legs

Sep 22, 2013

This is an image of a section of millipede that was excavated in box 1 from hard asphaltic sandy matrix.  Upon close inspection, some of its tiny legs are still attached to its body and may...

Box 1 Plant and Insect

Sep 14, 2013

These are some nice specimens that we have discovered in box 1 excavation recently:

1. seed

2. plant and twig mass

3. impression of small beetle (top) and millipede (bottom)...

A Month into Box 13

Jun 27, 2013

After a month of digging in Box 13 we have almost completed one level (25cm) and it has continued to be a deposit packed with many fossils. The above image shows what we are working on this week...

Box 13

May 24, 2013

We opened our 9th Project 23 box last week! This one is part of deposit 13 and is located on the east side of the compound, being shaded by our La Brea Tar Pits Museum canopy. Many large...

Completion of Box 1 Main Deposit Excavation

Mar 18, 2013

The excavation of the main vent deposit in Box 1 is done! We have been excavating it since August 2008 and measured out 14,000 fossils from the four main grids of the deposit. That is just a...

Box 12 Completion

Aug 28, 2012

Box 12, our 8th box opened, is now our 6th box completed!  Volunteer Jack fills the last buckets of matrix from Box 12 in the above image. When we opened Box 12 about a year ago, I wrote in...


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