Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 7th, 2010
The La Brea tar pits of southern California have revealed and continue to demonstrate an amazing assemblage of megafauna, some of which may have bearing on various cryptid candidates. What ones might be the answer to reports of various unknown animals in the files of cryptozoology? What do you think? Join a Cryptomundo survey of your thoughts.
Carnivores of Rancho La Brea.
From left to right. The dire wolf (Canis dirus), the sabre-toothed cat (Smilodon fatalis), the short-faced bear (Arctodus simus), the cheetah-like cat (Miracinonyx sp.), and the American lion (Panthera leo atrox). Modified from Turner, A., and Anton, M., The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives. Columbia University Press: New York, 1997.
Herbivores of Rancho La Brea.
From left to right. The pronghorn (Antilocapra americana), the deer (Odocoileus sp.), the giant camel (Camelops hesternus), the horse (Equus occidentalis), and the bison (Bison sp.).
Modified from Turner, A., and Anton, M., The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives. Columbia University Press: New York, 1997.
What of the finds from other tar pits throughout the Americas?
Glyptodons. Sclerocalyptus above.
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What members of the megafauna of the Rancho La Brea and other tar pits do you think still exist?
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