by maryann johanson, liberal movie person
Thu Jul 07 2016, 06:25pm | 11 comments
I just found out recently (from visiting La Brea Tar Pits) that dire wolves were an actual thing.
Oh yes! Were you not obsessed as a kid with the tar pits (and by extension Ice Age megafauna) like I was?
Yes, they were.
Then again you obviously weren’t as obsessed with prehistoric animals as I was when I was a kid. (Says the zoology geek who never heard of velociraptors prior to Jurassic Park…And who still has a hard time not using the word “brontosaurus.”)
I was never all that obsessed with tar pits but I do remember me and my male siblings owning almost every cheap replica of a prehistoric animal that it was possible for a kid to own back then. (For example, dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, giant sloths, saber-toothed tigers, etc.)
I was strictly a dinosaurs kid; I wasn’t as well-versed in Ice Age mammals. :-) I mean, I knew the greatest hits (mammoths, saber-toothed tigers) but dire wolves somehow escaped my attention.
Did you have a chance to go to AMNH during your visit? The new Titanosaur display is very impressive.
Apparently you can still use that word if you wish.
The exhibit of feathered dinosaurs kind of freaked me out. I’m pretty sure a T-Rex wasn’t the “thing with feathers” Emily Dickinson was talking about.
In an alternate universe, Emily Dickinson had a pet feathered T-Rex named Hope.
i was (still am a bit) completely LaBrea tar pits obsessed. when we visited, i actually scooped up some bubbling tar in an altoids tin (thanks maryann) and put a little wooly mammoth in it. sits on my science book shelf. i loved the Pits.
No, didn’t get there.
I loved them too. :-)
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