Dinosaur Poop Part 1: Who Dung It?

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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