Saber-toothed Cat fused vertebrae
These two thoracic (mid-back) vertebrae from a saber-toothed cat were recently excavated in Box 14. They are pathologically fused together and have other signs of arthritis. Life for this animal would have been painful but it survived successfully until it became mired in an asphalt seep. The abundance of excellently preserved fossils from Rancho La Brea helps us to piece together the life stories of the animals that used to live here.