[Photo via The Excavatrix]
LACMA's twitter feed points us to the web site of its next door neighbor, the Page Museum. It seems that during construction in the park near the museum (and Tar Pits), 23 blocks of asphaltic deposits were lifted out of the ground and are now the focus of scientific discovery. The Project 23 (named for the number of blocks) scientists have so far "uncovered over 700 measured specimens including a large pre-historic American Lion skull, lion bones, dire wolves, saber-toothed cats, juvenile horse and bison, teratorn, coyotes, lynx, and ground sloths." Excavators have also discovered the remains of a well-preserved mammoth, with 10-feet long tusks, which has been dubbed "Zed." The public can view the excavation from the observation area at the Page Museum, and follow along with the excavator's fascinating (and sometimes funny) blog.
· PROJECT 23: NEW DISCOVERIES AT RANCHO LA BREA [Official Site]
· The Excavatrix [Official Site]