Dinosaur Poop Part 1: Who Dung It?

March 9, 2018

If you ever get the chance to fossil hunting, don't just look for bones or teeth. Keep your eyes peeled for prehistoric poop! Coprolites are a kind of "trace fossil." Separate from "body" fossils, they provide clues to dinosaur behavior. Don't worry, the smell has long since drifted away! It might be hard to identify a coprolite, but these examples still have a fresh "look."

 This coprolite was found in Nebraska, and has a full deer toe sticking out of it! What do you think, was it "deposited" by a carnivore or an herbivore?


Karen Chin, the scientist interviewed in our show, photographed this carnivore's Canadian coprolite (say that ten times fast).  


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