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Our Expeditions and Excavations

Where do our collections come from?

Sometimes they come from our own expeditions and exploration—whether on the most distant continents or in our own backyard. Field work is one of the most important ways our collections have been developed over the past century, and it's still happening today.  

Our researchers venture out into the field to dig up fossils, find new species, observe animals, and study this fascinating planet. Maybe you've even watched us in action at La Brea Tar Pits, where we excavate 361 days a year.

These are some of our recent expeditions—on Wilshire Boulevard, and around the world.

Check out where else we've been!

These are just some of the places our researchers have done field work recently.