coprolite


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coprolite

fossilized animal waste (literal meaning ‘dung stone’). Coprolite can provide information about the diet and habitat of extinct animals.
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Chin studies preserved feces, called coprolites (KOP-ruh-lites).
The real coprolite lamina is located 25 m lower on the boundary of the zone VIII and above mentioned chalkstones of the zone IXab.
In addition, powder x-ray diffraction analysis of a coprolite sample indicates that the groundmass consists of calcium phosphate.
Blood vessels in bone fragments found in the coprolite suggest that a young, plant-eating dino was T.
Diet Change in the Lower Pecos: Analysis of Baker Cave Coprolites.
In order to get a better picture of what ancient American Indians were eating, Reinhard and his colleagues looked at coprolites - the scientific term for fossilized feces.
N" takes into account only body fossils, although in the discussion other some relevant fossils are considered qualitatively, such as "worms", coprolites and ichnofossils, that have not been quantitatively analysed because the sampling technique and taxonomical identifications progressively improved, and thus data accuracy differed slightly between areas.
But we can tell you that, in geological terms, it translates to: "more abrasive than coprolite.
In many instances, particularly with coprolite and quid samples, fiber and epidermis make up the majority of the specimen.
The coprolite, found in a cave in southern Nevada, may be as much as 15,000 years old, says McDonald.
A nutritional analysis of coprolite samples thus is only a partial statement of the nutrition of a prehistoric group because coprolites only reflect one portion of the diet.
For most coprolite analyses, spontaneous sedimentation in glass jars is recommended (Araujo et al.