The Los Angeles Metro reports finding lots of fossils as it digs 65 feet into ground in preparation for construction of a new Purple Line. Among the finds: clams, sand dollars and parts of the cone and seeds for digger pine trees.

It’s not surprising. Crews are digging in the La Brea Tar Pits, in which Ice Age creatures were prone to get stuck.

“We expect that we’re going to find large deposits of late Ice Age vertebrate remains, so across the street at La Brea Tar Pits we have hundreds of thousands of fossils and we find the remains of saber-tooth cats, dire wolves, horses, bears,” paleontologist Aisling Farrell told KABC in Los Angeles.


Ancient sand dollars. (Photo by LA County Metro)
Kim Scott, Director of Paleontology for Cogstone, an LA Metro project consultant, holds a rock that appears to contain the skull of a sea lion, perhaps two million years or more old. (Photo by LA Metro/David Sotero) Kim Scott, Director of Paleontology for Cogstone, an LA Metro project consultant, holds a rock that appears to contain the skull of a sea lion, perhaps two million years or more old. (Photo by David Sotero/LA County Metro)
(Photo by LA County Metro) (Photo by LA County Metro)