LES March 27th Meeting at the Page Museum

A better than expected turn out of members at the March 27th LES meeting found themselves surrounded by fossils of another era. Lorquin members traveled back 40,000 years just with a glance of the fossils that have been preserved in crude oil. The meeting topic veered from the usual entomological point of view and went into the world of paleontology. Insects were not all forgotten though as they play such an important part in the history of the developing earth.

The meeting started with a brief history of the La Brea tar pits and the development of the Page Museum throughout the years. The whole picture of all fossilized specimens was shown with invertebrates and plants accounting for the majority of the collection contrary to the popular belief. Members were then given a tour of the "fish bowl" laboratory and the fossil collections after the initial meeting. Insects make up a large portion of the collection as seen when LES President Blaine Hebert presented a catalog of the specimens recorded.

A Thanks goes out to the people at the Page Museum for letting Lorquin meet and allowing a behind the scenes look at the laboratory and fossil collection storage area.

A portion of the membership turn out.

Main speaker Chris Shaw seen in the 'Fish Bowl" laboratory.

Upon entering the 'Fish bowl" laboratory a person is greeted by lineup of various mandibles.

Steven Kutcher and Kat Halsey (left to right) attentively listening to a presentation by laboratory supervisor Shelley Cox (far right) regarding Zed the Columbian mammoth's scapula (pictured in bottom center) . Zed was one of the many mammoths excavated on site at the La Brea Tar Pits.

One of Zed the mammoth's many other bones collected at the La Brea Tar Pits. The tibia which is seen in this picture.

An area full of fossils collected. Laboratory supervisor Shelley Cox pictured.

Now for something more familiar. Some dissected modern insects for comparative analysis.

LES president Blaine Hebert opening a fireproof cabinet housing numerous catalogs of fossil findings.

Blaine Hebert showing LES members how insect fossil specimens are mostly kept in gel capsules which are then put into glass vials.

A small part of the massive collection of fossils.

The storage area for thousands to millions of fossils found in the La Brea Tar Pits.

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