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TAR BEETLE - Up to 20,000 years old - California

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FOSSIL TAR BEETLE
 
McKittrick Tar Pits, Kern County, California, USA
 
Up to 20,000 years old
 
In the vicinity of Los Angeles in California there are several tar pits that have produced spectacular fossils, the most famous of which is the La Brea Tar Pits in urban Los Angeles. Natural tar or asphalt seeps up through fissures in the ground from underground oil fields to form pools of thick tar (brea in Spanish) over a wide area - a process that has been going on for tens of thousands of years. 
 
The asphalt is thick enough to trap animals and the fossils that have been excavated from the tar include the bones of mammoths, wolves and sabre-toothed cats. The tar has also preserved the remains of smaller creatures, such as rodents and insects, providing an insight into the environment and climate of what is now California during the last glacial period. 

The age of the fossils at La Brea is estimated to be from 10,000 to 40,000 years but those at McKittrick are a little younger.


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Size: 6 x 6 x 3 centimetres
Weight: 54 grams

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TAR BEETLE - Up to 20,000 years old - California
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