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La Brea Tar Pit Fossil Beetle Insect Pleistocene- California #17091 3o


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This is a fossil beetle found in the famous La Brea tar pits in California.   The La Brea tar pits preserved many different types of animals from the Pleistocene time period including sabertoothed cats, birds, and insects like this.  The fossils found in this area are estimated to be about 10,000-50,000 years old.  In the La Brea region at that time, tar seeped up from the ground for thousands of years. The tar in the pits was often covered with water and animals trying to get a drink of the water would get trapped in the tar. When they died, their bones would become encapsulated in the tar and became preserved that way.  These little beetles must have become trapped in the tar as well.  Most fossils are created when an animal, plant or insect is covered in mud or sediment, so the unique way this bug was preserved makes it a great educational tool!

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