“I can take a field trip, spend an afternoon in the collection, and try to figure out what it looks like, what it matches up to, and at the end of the day say, ‘Ah-ha. It’s this animal. See?'”
Other new unique finds were an arm bone from an ancient sea otter — and whale bones.
It’s hard to imagine, but about 25 feet below the shops of Beverly Hills, mammoths and bison roamed tens of thousands of years ago. But 80 feet down, hundreds of thousands years earlier, Los Angeles was underwater.
“I see the history of Los Angeles … Hundreds of thousands of years ago, animals like whales were swimming in the ocean that was in that exact same area,” Leger said. “Yes, it’s mind blowing to think about, but really exciting.”
Subway construction will continue for several more years — building the future while Leger’s team works to preserve L.A.’s prehistoric past.
“Fossils are always rare. We estimate that less than 1 percent of life on Earth actually fossilizes. So the fact that we get anything is incredible,” Leger said.