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Bluejay
Bluejay
Thu, Jul 07, 2016 6:57pm

Nice!

I just found out recently (from visiting La Brea Tar Pits) that dire wolves were an actual thing.

http://www.tarpits.org/museum/exhibits

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Bluejay
Thu, Jul 07, 2016 10:35pm

Oh yes! Were you not obsessed as a kid with the tar pits (and by extension Ice Age megafauna) like I was?

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Thu, Jul 07, 2016 11:03pm

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.)

bronxbee
bronxbee
reply to  Tonio Kruger
Fri, Jul 08, 2016 4:54pm

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.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  bronxbee
Fri, Jul 08, 2016 7:49pm

I loved them too. :-)

Bluejay
Bluejay
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Thu, Jul 07, 2016 11:15pm

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.

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  Bluejay
Fri, Jul 08, 2016 12:20am

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.

Bluejay
Bluejay
reply to  Danielm80
Fri, Jul 08, 2016 3:07am

In an alternate universe, Emily Dickinson had a pet feathered T-Rex named Hope.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Bluejay
Fri, Jul 08, 2016 7:48pm

No, didn’t get there.

Tonio Kruger
Tonio Kruger
reply to  Bluejay
Thu, Jul 07, 2016 10:51pm

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.”)

Bluejay
Bluejay
reply to  Tonio Kruger
Thu, Jul 07, 2016 11:17pm