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Rancho La Brea (colloquially known as the La Brea Tar Pits) is one of the world's most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of Ice Age plants and animals in the world. The fossiliferous asphalt seeps are located in the heart of Los Angeles' Miracle Mile, in the southwest corner of what was once the Mexican land grant of Rancho La Brea.
The Rancho La Brea collections are housed on-site at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in Hancock Park. The collections document the Rancho La Brea biota and include some 3.5 million specimens representing over 600 species of plants and animals. Current excavations as well as historical excavations sites including the Pit 91 viewing station are open to the public 7 days a week.