☠️Stay in your lane☠️
********************************************* Life lessons come in all forms. Take for example the 404+ Dire wolf fossil skulls retrieved from the LaBrea tar pits. Why so many? Well, imagine an easy looking meal trapped at the edge of the tar pits◼️🔲◼️🔲. Although it looks like an easy meal, many actual Dire wolves perished trying to catch a bite. So, moral of the story is STAY IN YOUR OWN LANE, LIVE YOUR LIFE & survive ya dig. #LearnForever#archeology#badchoices#temptation#Haveasnickers#woolymammoth#mastadon#sabertoothtiger#8ftSloth
For the past 38,000 years, herbivorous mammals have been drawn to the Rancho La Brea asphalt seeps of Los Angeles, California hoping to quench their thirst. Instead, they got stuck in the pools of asphalt one at a time. Attracted to the tar pit by the prospect of a free meal, carnivores and scavengers were then trapped in the asphalt themselves in large numbers. At least, that's the narrative we're commonly told to explain how hundreds of wolves, saber-toothed cats, bears, wolves, camels, horses, birds, insects and many more ended up in the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits as we find them today. Did you know that this interpretation was initially questioned when the size of the pits and the size of the animals in them became known? Pit 36 had an opening of 4 feet by 2 feet and was only 11 feet deep, yet it contained six sizable carnivore fossils. Trying to fit whole mastodons and mammoths down similar-sized openings became even more problematic. In addition, scientists discovered evidence in the enclosing sediments around the bones that indicate fluvial (river) conditions. While some animals undoubtedly did get stuck in the asphalt, sedimentological and paleontological evidence calls for another interpretation to explain the burial of most of the animals: flash flood events, which in turn attracted scavengers which may have become stuck in the asphalt and buried in subsequent floods on the Los Angeles/Orange County floodplain. Earthquake disruption and liquefaction may also have been factors which accelerated entombment of some of these animals. Evidence further indicates that deposition was not continuous, but a series of rapid catastrophic pulses. Finally, the slow seepage of asphalt through faults in the older underlying marine strata resulted in the remarkable preservation of these fossils. The fossil assemblage of the La Brea Tar Pits is the result of local catastrophism during the waning geologic catastrophism of the post-Flood Ice Age, around 4,000 years ago.
Robert Bruce Horsfall
Inktober Day 11: Skull of a Saber Toothed Cat. This was drawn from a fossil display from @cincymuseum while waiting for my flight. I’m on vacation now, but going to try and keep up with my drawings, but I may have a lapse here and there. -
~There are three things all wise men fear: The sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man..
~Bilge adamların korktuğu üç şey var: Fırtınada deniz, ayı olmayan bir gece ve nazik bir erkeğin öfkesi..
#maninBlack#fear or #feel