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December 07, 2016 13:16
Mammoth fossils discovered in LA subway!

Fossils from giant, ice age-beasts has been uncovered while workers were digging an extension to the Los Angeles subway system.

The finds included a 3 foot long section of mammoth tusk, as well as a skull and partial tusks from a much younger animal, which might be mammoth or a mastodon.

The ice-age fossils are treasures, that are rarer to unearth under the subway than rat “fossils” and “coprolites,” old chicken wings or discarded coffee cups. The area where the fossils were found, is not too far from the La Brea Tar Pits.  

Over the eons, this constant ooze of asphalt had created sticky pits in valleys that might often become obscured by leaves, branches and other ground cover. As a result, unwary animals had stepped into the sticky death traps. According to the researchers, the viscous ooze trapped small animals and insects immediately, while larger beasts like mammoths sank inches into the tar, fighting to get out before becoming stuck. The dead or dying animals had attracted predators as well as some of which also became stuck in the asphalt.

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By Prakriti Neogi

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