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The Tar Pits were totally cool! Actually, they were my second favorite thing about LA, right after the Getty. I only wish we'd had time to go to the museum when El Finster et al and I were out there for your wedding. I'm surprised there weren't modern humans recovered from the pits though; it's such a convenient disposal area, or at least it was before the condos and the IHoP moved in.

Thanks for the blog on a geologic topic. Very interesting.

I have one small nit-pick however. You say "awaiting discovery by modern archaeologists thousands of years later". This indeed is the popular view, archaeologists and paleontologists are the same since both deal with long ago dead stuff. However the training is very different. Archeology is a branch of anthropology, the study of cultures. Paleontology is the intersection of geology and biology, the study of the earth and its past life. Admittedly the study of La Brea Woman hits the small overlap: the study of human bones to tell about the life of the owner is Physical Anthropology. (Too many words for a small mis-statement, sorry)

Here is an essay by George Orwell that may reshape your opinion
of Dali as a person:
https://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/O/OrwellGeorge/essay/CriticalEssays/salvadordali.html

No posting about the La Brea Tar Pits would be complete without some bozo commenter noting that that name means The The Tar Tar Pits. The full pedant snark goes,

From the El Camino Real to La Callecita Street, the hoi polloi are entering PIN numbers into ATM machines to get money for GPS systems before heading for the La Brea Tar Pits.

(El Camino Real, you know about if you live in LA; The Little Street Street is, or was, an actual street in San Diego.)

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