The Tar Pits at La Brea, California, dating from a time late in the Age of Mammals, are the best-known predator traps and the best-studied. (life size animatronic dinosaur)And they shed some light on Colbert’s Triassic pred-ator trap. La Brea is filled with saber-tooth cats and huge wolves, all jumbled together in tarsoaked sand which dates from about twenty thousand years ago.() A few plant-eaters—mammoths, camels, horses, and others—have been quarried out of La Brea, but the overwhelming majority of bones are those of the big meat-eaters.
La Brea seems to have been a deathtrap for wolves and big cats, acting much like a giant sticky flypaper surface whose tarsoaked sand entrapped the meat-eating mammals’ paws in viscous asphalt, miring them until the exhausted beasts sank down and died. (dinosaur factory)Dead and dying animals would attract more predators to the tar sweeps, unwary meat-eaters who thought they could get a meal with little effort. And each new victim would add to the lure.
Could Ghost Ranch have been such a flypaper trap? (lifelike dinosaur for sale)The site hasn’t yet been analyzed sufficiently to yield any conclusions. The mudstone at Ghost Ranch did not yield the slightest trace of as phalt. But it’s not impossible that sticky mud might have served to have the same effect, trapping dinosaur feet in a viscous, ines-capable mire.