I am not the least bit surprised that no one correctly identified what was in the quiz picture I posted on Friday. After all, it is often difficult to identify birds when they are whole, alive and moving. It becomes exponentially more difficult to identify one small part of a bird that is fossilized, no matter how many examples there are with which to work. I was amused by the variety of answers, especially the ones that involved some truly horrific puns that in a just world would get those who used them charged with war crimes. Anyway, let’s take one more look at the picture before I share the answer to this nearly impossible quiz.
Would it have helped at all if I had pointed out that the picture was taken at the Page Museum? It is a small museum in Los Angeles based at the location of the famous, yes, you guessed it, La Brea Tar Pits. No, you still wouldn’t have figured out what is in the picture? Fine then, I’ll share the caption.
Yes, you are reading the sign correctly. The picture is of a good portion of the 500 Golden Eagle foot bones on display. Pretty cool, no? Not as cool, however, as a wall of Dire Wolf skulls!
I hope you enjoyed this quiz! Thanks to all those who guessed, both sincerely and jokingly. May you all see life birds today!
I’ve always wanted to go there. Seen countless photos of that dire wolf wall and each looks more awesome than the last…
very cool. i knew they were leg bones but golden eagle leg bones? that was a lot of fun.more please…
Allow me to be the first to say “I knew that”. 🙂
Those Dire Wolf skulls are amazing, especially amazingly variable.
Wow, how cool, Corey! I’d love to go to that museum someday. And I had no idea Golden Eagles went back that far in time.
As for seeing a life bird today, can I get a snow/sleet/freezing rain check on that? (I am officially DONE with winter!)
It’s not that far back then, is it? No more than 50,000 years?
It’s amazing to me how we can take for granted the incredible diversity of such bizarre and fantastic species that we had on this continent before humans arrived a mere 45,000 years ago. Nothing less than Mastodons in eastern forests. Staggering.
So Golden Eagles. I guess that’s extra crispy recipe. I’ll take my prize now, thanks.
@Nate. “extra crispy recipe”?! Well, then maybe KFC’s next stunt will be chicken wings “tarred and feathered”?
Oh man Corey, I was way off! No shame in a good guess though, that was fun.