December 8, 2001 |
Meet a menagerie including gastornis, a giant bird that eats horses the size of house cats; basilosaurus, a whale with hind legs; and doedicurus, spike-tailed kin to the sloth, anteater and armadillo. No, this isn't some bizarre holiday special hosted by Anne Heche and Michael Jackson. It's the Discovery Channel's "Walking With Prehistoric Beasts" (Sunday, 7 p.m.), sequel to last year's smash, "Walking With Dinosaurs."
April 4, 1997 |
The state Senate is routinely accused of all sorts of things, but it drew the line Thursday on dirt. Democrats defeated a Republican-sponsored bill that would have designated dirt esoterically known as "San Joaquin soil" as California's official state soil. The dirt would have joined in law such notables as the California dogface butterfly, which is the official state insect; the garibaldi, the state's marine fish; and the saber-toothed cat, our state fossil. The straight-faced bill, by Sen.
September 7, 1989 |
As the day waned Sunday, the rousing theme from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" filled Pit 91. Sunday was the last day of the annual summer dig in Pit 91, one of the La Brea tar pits and the only such paleontological dig open to the public. Since July 5, volunteers have been unearthing Ice Age fossils at the bottom of a 28-by-28-foot excavation in Hancock Park, where seeping asphalt deposits have been trapping animals for 40,000 years.
September 22, 1994 |
Shake out those bones and learn all about fossils at Ralph B. Clark Regional Park in Buena Park. There's a whale of a tale to be told, and, in fact, the Interpretive Center boasts the most complete adult fossil whale--"Joaquin"--on display in the world. You can catch your own catfish at the park, but there's barbecued catfish, and smaller fish to fry, at Thai Nakorn.
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June 14, 1994 |
The first traveling exhibition to tell the story of the world-famous Rancho La Brea Tar Pits will take up residence at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County/Burbank on Friday. The Ice Age road show, "Treasures of the Tar Pits," is the culmination of a five-year international tour. Displays include a detailed mural showing Rancho La Brea as it probably looked 20,000 years ago and a video showing the tar pits as they appear today.
April 28, 1994 |
Dinosaur exhibits and a saber-toothed cat logo once drew the most attention at Los Angeles County's Natural History Museum. But recent turmoil among the staff and the appointment of a new executive director have become the focus of recent public attention. Last week, museum officials announced that James Lawrence Powell will replace Craig C. Black as head of the 80-year-old institution, effective July 1.
November 7, 1991 |
It was another mammoth year at the La Brea tar pits. More than 1,100 specimens were removed from Pit 91 this summer, according to officials of the George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries in Hancock Park. For two months every summer, volunteers uncover the fossilized remains of animals--including mammoths, mastodons, dire wolves and other extinct species--trapped in the still-bubbling tar pits over the course of 40,000 years.
September 6, 1998 |
The black asphalt seeps out of the floor in Pit 91 like sap sweated out of a poisoned oak tree. It blackens the wide wooden planks that crisscross the roughly 30-by-30-foot hole. It pools in the bottom of the 14-foot pit, where it reflects the sky, pit canopy and planks above. Tiny bubbles rise out of the gooey black witch's brew. The bones of saber-toothed cats and short-face bears poke out of the asphalt for the first time in 28,000 years.
June 23, 2002
Like most states, California has an official state flower (golden poppy), official state bird (valley quail), official state tree (redwood), official state song ("I Love You California"), official state motto ("Eureka") and official state animal (grizzly bear). But that is just the start of the list. In all, there are 23 official state things, each of them created by legislation signed by the governor. Some seem downright silly.