Don Bain's 360° Panoramas
Panoramas of Central California, including San Francisco
360° Panoramas of the the San Joaquin Valley
Panoramas of Taft



Smilodon from the McKittrick tar pits
Natural petroleum lakes (tar pits) have trapped animals seeking water for thousands of years, producing a trove of well-preserved bones. Though less well-known than the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, the McKittrick Tar Pits have yielded specimens of 43 different mammals and 58 species of birds. This skeleton is a saber-toothed tiger (California state fossil), scientific name Smilodon.

West Kern Oil Museum in Taft, California

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