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Big fossil find at the May Co. on Fairfax Avenue

February 17, 2009 |  3:17 pm

Fossils at Rancho La Brea

The La Brea Tar Pits lived up to its reputation, as officials announced the discovery of ice age fossils under the old May Co. parking lot at Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard. More from The Times' Thomas Maugh:

The largest known deposit of fossils from the last ice age has been found in what might seem to be the unlikeliest of places -- under an old May Co. parking lot in L.A.'s Miracle Mile shopping district. Researchers from the George C. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits have barely begun extracting the fossils from the sandy, tarry matrix of soil, but they expect the find to double the size of the museum's collection from the period, already the largest in the world. Among their finds, to be formally announced Wednesday, is the nearly intact skeleton of a Columbian mammoth -- named Zed by researchers -- a prize discovery because only bits and pieces of mammoths have previously been found in the tar pits.

Photo: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times