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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leonina and its larva state in the puma coprolite analysed here indicate the high infective capacity of this parasite, involving a high risk for carnivores and for humans."
"The research shows that if the coprolite is preserved in the right environment, we can detect eggs and DNA from parasites many thousands ofA years old," Dr Piers Mitchell, the director of the ancient parasites laboratory at the University of Cambridge, said.
The scans of the pterosaur coprolites revealed many microscopic food remains including foraminifera (small amoeboid protists with external shells), small shells of marine invertebrates and possible remains of polychaete worms.
The dinosaur coprolites that Chin studies formed in much the same way as fossilized bones.
However, it is not at all an equivalent of the "coprolite lamina" from the Poohri region.
In a sandstone thin section, another apparent coprolite contained a similar internal enterolithic structure (Figure 9).
Each piece of fossilized dung, called a coprolite, was shaped like a sphere and measured up to 10 centimeters (4 inches) across.
It contains bone fragments, indicating the dino was a meat eater, or carnivore, in fact, it's the biggest piece of carnivore coprolite, or fossilized dung, ever unearthed.
However, evidence of Chenopodium use is commonly reported in coprolite analyses (Stock 1983; Sobolik 1988; 1990), plant macro fossil analysis (Dering 1979), and pollen studies (Holloway 1983; Bryant 1986) from cave deposits east of the Hueco Bolson.
"If we found one coprolite with a crustacean fossil in it, that would be a really interesting scientific discovery.