Excavation crews working on the Purple Line subway extension at Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue have unearthed a pair of Ice Age fossils, marking the second time the project has led to the discovery of ancient remains, Metro officials said today.
A Camel Bone And A Bone From A Ice Age Elephant Found
According to Metro, crews found a camel bone and a bone from a mammoth
or mastodon while digging out the future subway station on April 12 and 13.
Once the bones were found, the on-site paleontologist diverted digging
operations away from the site to preserve the area. The bones were removed and
taken to a lab in Riverside to be identified.
The camel bone was later identified as a roughly 20-inch-long radioulna,
or forearm, from an extinct Camelops hesternus.
“Camel Bones Are Quite Rare”
“Camel bones are quite rare in the fossil record of our area,” said
Ashley Leger, paleontological field director for Cogstone Resource Management,
which is providing paleontologist services at the construction site. “We are
very excited about what we might discover next in this fossil-rich area.”
The second fossil is believed to be a femur of an Ice Age elephant,
either a mastodon or mammoth. The bone is about 36 inches long.
In November, excavation crews working on the subway project in roughly
the same area found a tusk, tooth fragments and a nearly complete mastodon
All fossils found at the site will eventually be turned over to the
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
City News Service.