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Celebrating 100 years of excavation at the La Brea Tar Pits

by Kevin Ferguson | Take Two

Visitors taking advantage of the free admission for the 100-year anniversary of the La Brea Tar Pits look at fossil remains inside Pit 91. Ken Scarboro/KPCC

100 years ago this week, the County of Los Angeles began digging up, researching and putting on display the fossils found inside the black, bubbly lake we now know as the La Brea Tar Pits. 

It's one of Los Angeles' most unique landmarks, with the oozing puddles of asphalt you'll find dotting Hancock Park to the Page Museum and its fish bowl, where you can watch researchers discover and clean up fossils in real time.

KPCC's Kevin Ferguson went to the tar pits' celebration yesterday and met up with one of the tar pits' most beloved performers. 

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