Coprolites


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.

Coprolites

 

the fossilized excrement of fossil animals. Study of coprolites makes it possible to determine the food of extinct animals and details of the structure of their intestines. The existence of certain extinct animals (for example, non-skeletal invertebrates) has been established only through the discovery of the coprolites of these animals in deposits of previous geologic periods.

Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Parasitological studies of coprolites of pre-Hispanic Peruvian populations.
In coprolites from carnivores, or meat eaters, Chin finds shards of bone.
Previous investigations found that human coprolites in the caves predated the Clovis culture by over 1,000 years; however, critics questioned the interpretations by saying that the cave strata had not been sufficiently examined and that no Clovis-age stone tools had been found with the coprolites.
The afternoon's activity is to break open the coprolites and discover what secrets lurk inside - pieces of eggshell, seeds and other undigested matter that can tell archaeologists how the people of the past lived.
Numerous fragments of disarticulated bones and coprolites are found in Marilia Formation sediments in the Peiropolis paleontological site, however they have not been attributed to taxonomic level below Vertebrata; they are housed in the Centro de Pesquisas Paleontologicas Llewellyn Ivor Price and Museu de Ciencias da Terra (Rio de Janeiro).
Solomon, "Applying Modern Analogs to Understand the Pollen Content of Coprolites," Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 237 (2006): 80-91.
The coprolites and cololites are in lenses of sandstone at the shale contact with underlying gypsum.
The evidence is preserved as bones or shells or (as direct evidence that humans consumed these foods) in the intestinal remains of preserved bodies or in the coprolites at these sites.
1982); various bitemarks (Alexander 1986); and even coprolites (Hantschel 1968, Kloc 1987).
He had worked with the coprolites of long-dead dinosaurs (fossil feces) and one of his cartoons proclaims this expertise, a large tyrannosauros sporting a T-Rex T-shirt.