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fecal pellets

[′fē·kəl ′pel·əts]
(geology)
Mainly the excreta of invertebrates occurring in marine deposits and as fossils in sedimentary rocks. Also known as castings.
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A possibility for expansion of visual inspection exists through use of borescopes, which allow users to view termites, termite fecal pellets, and/or associated damage within wall voids.
During one observational period, three entrained fecal pellets wrapped around the circumference of the food cord, forming a distinct ring with one observable gap.
Rats were randomly allocated to groups and subjected to chronic water stress for a period of 21 days for 1 h and the fecal pellet output was measured.
CoV sequences were amplified from rectal swab samples or fecal pellets and from roost feces but not from serum, throat swab samples, or urine.
It could have drifted down to the seafloor in the fecal pellets of plankton that consumed it at the surface--and in fact, plankton in shallow waters sometimes showed elevated levels of cesium.
We collected fecal pellets of elk at various times during December 2005-February 2006, July-September 2006, and December 2006-February 2007.
Most notably; fecal pellets (and possibly other types of bromalite such as regurgitated material, or isolated gut contents) occur in a variety of sizes, shapes, and modes of preservation.
These chambers were observed daily for feeding activity and the weight and production of fecal pellets was recorded.
This quadrat-based approach has the benefits of allowing researchers to accurately measure the density of fecal pellets and to design sub-sampling protocols when needed.
However, a new study has challenged the theory by claiming that those supposed clues are nothing more than fossilized balls of fungus, charcoal, and fecal pellets.
Following this, efforts were made to dis-impact the colon which contained significant amounts of "rock hard" fecal pellets.