La Brea (lə brāˈə) [key], area, S Calif., formerly in Rancho La Brea. The La Brea asphalt pits, which yielded prehistoric animal and plant remains, are in Hancock Park, Los Angeles. The first fossils were found in 1875, and since 1906, the pits have been extensively explored.
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