coprolite


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coprolite

[′käp·rə‚līt]
(geology)
Petrified excrement.
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Ancient mitochondrial DNA analysis was used to confirm the coprolite came from a Puma (Puma concolor) and that the eggs belonged to Toxascaris leonina, a species of roundworm still commonly found in the digestive systems of modern day cats, dogs and foxes.
Per the scientists, the cool temperatures inside the rock might have been instrumental in preserving the DNA in the coprolite.
In a recent paper, researchers from Uppsala University and the Polish Academy of Sciences describe the contents of three coprolites collected from a surface with abundant pterosaur footprints in the Wierzbica Quarry in Poland.
"Notably, the bones, scales and a fang of a snake in the Viperidae family were also recovered from the coprolite, which is the first direct archaeological evidence of venomous snake consumption known to the researchers."
Chin studies preserved feces, called coprolites (KOP-ruh-lites).
'Resolving lost herbivore community structure using coprolites" Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (US) Sept 2013.
The coprolite is much too small to represent a large ungulate; it likely came from a small-to-medium-sized carnivore.
Over the coprolite lamina that is not an equivalent of the glauconitic contact stratum (of the zone Xa) elsewhere in the basin, but it is one of the mineral and chemical boundary inside the Jizera formation, dividing its upper and lower part.
During hand specimen examination of what appeared to be a coprolite, an apparent folded structure was observed.
They all had the opportunity to touch Morin's sample of "coprolite," only to reel in hysterics upon learning that coprolite is fossilized dino-dung.
And I had a lot of fun passing around a piece of coprolite and watching them trying to figure out what it was--and even more fun seeing them squeal and wipe their hands on their pants, the carpet (or their friends), when I explained that a coprolite was fossilized poo.