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Behind the Scenes at La Brea Tar Pits

We have millions of specimens in our collections, from sabertooth bones, to microfossils, to bits of local L.A. history. Most of our collections are behind the scenes! Take a deep dive into our collections both on display and beyond.

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Microfossils are meticulously sorted through microscopes before we store them in our collections.