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Excavating 101 at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

How do paleontologists excavate fossils and what tools do they use? In this video from the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Lead Preparator Carrie Howard takes us behind-the-scenes of an excavation where the bones of a saber-toothed cat, a bison, a mastodon, and other now-extinct creatures are in a jumble: Excavation 101 at the tar pits in Los Angeles, California.

Kids (and adults) can try their own hands-on excavations with The Dig A Dino Excavation Kit 3 Pack and National Geographic’s Mega Fossil Mine with real fossils. We also love reading DK’s Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth.

Next: Fossil hunting in unexplored dinosaur country, woolly mammoth remains discovered in a Michigan field, In Search of Fossil Fish, and Google Glass in the Gobi.

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