Fossils discovered during LA subway construction

A treasure trove of fossils have been discovered after a shaft was dug before the possible construction of the Los Angeles underground subway system. The finds include a mollusk and the likely head of a sea lion dating back 2 million years.

During this time the Pacific Ocean stretched much farther inland than it does today, explaining these prehistoric sea creatures’ placement. The shaft is revealing more fossils as well, such as snails, mussels and even a tree trunk, which is found in the woodland areas in central California.


Los Angeles has a wealth of prehistoric interest. Most well-known is the La Brea tar pits where many a saber-tooth cat and Mammoth found their doom after getting stuck in the icky sticky muck. But the tar has managed to preserve the animals amazingly well, not good for them, but interesting for us.


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