Where in L.A. Can You Dig for Dinosaur Bones?

When seeing them in a museum just won’t do
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Q: Where can I dig for some dinosaur bones?

A: Since most of L.A. was underwater during dino days, your exploration is mostly limited to fossilized sea creatures–and there are plenty in Palos Verdes and near Ventura. However, you’ll get cuffs slapped on those dirty hands if you extricate bones from a public park. But life, uh, finds a way. Ernst Quarries, aka Sharktooth Hill, about 100 miles north of town, is a Miocenic wonderland where you can dig up and take home most any critter you find. You can even bring an RV, a picnic feast, and your screaming kids.


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