©ourtesy of Scott Harrison
In a Jan. 19, 1967 story, Times staff writer Ken Reich reported:
A life-sized model of an imperial mammoth was placed beside the largest of the tar pits in Hancock Park Wednesday, the first of 50 prehistoric animals’ replicas to be installed in the park in a plan to recreate a “Pleistocene atmosphere.” Sculptor Howard Ball, commissioned to do the 13-foot-high, 25-foot-long, fiberglass creature, pulled it to the site from his Torrance studios on a trailer with his 1958 Volkswagen. The 2,000-pound mammoth was then transferred with a minimum of difficulty by city crane to the four small iron platforms upon which it will rest.
- Paleoecological and Taphonomic Implications of Insect-Damaged Pleistocene Vertebrate Remains from Rancho La Brea, Southern California (plosone.org)
- Cop Dives Into La Brea Tar Pits (drudge.com)
- Fossil insect traces reveal ancient climate, entrapment, and fossilization at La Brea Tar Pits (eurekalert.org)