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Fossil Lab

What happens after the fossils at La Brea Tar Pits are excavated? This is where you find out.

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DIY Paleoart

How do we know what a saber-toothed cat looked like? Short answer? We don’t! Here at La Brea Tar Pits, we only find the bones of ancient animals, so we have to get creative to visualize it.

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News & Press

New Fossil Rattles Moby Dick's Family Tree

Led by new NHM marine mammal curator, team discovers rare whale fossil in Panama, where fieldwork is difficult

Tiny Ancient Fossil From Spain Shows Birds Flew Over Heads of Dinosaurs

International team including NHM scientists study an exceptional 125-million-year-old bird.