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Subway dig in L.A. yields fossil trove

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6:35pm, November 22, 2004

Not all of the fossils in North Hollywood have facelifts and tummy tucks. Just ask the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which earlier this month announced paleontological finds that it made while extending a subway line through Hollywood and into the San Fernando Valley.

During the digging, which began in 1987 and ended last June, researchers recovered more than 2,000 fossil specimens. Their origins span 16.5 million years. The fossils, many representing new species, provide sharp insight into the area's ancient climate and environment, says the MTA report's author Bruce Lander of Paleo Environmental Associates of Altadena, Calif.

Many of the finds recovered from excavations beneath Hollywood Boulevard—such as isolated bones and teeth of mastodons, giant ground sloths, bison, and camels—mirror evidence of species found in the nearby La Brea tar pits, notes Lander.

These fossils indicate that about 8,000 to 9,000 years ago

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