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Coprolite

Coprolites are fossilized dung from animals. They can be found, for example, from dinosaurs and mammals. Coprolites are usually found in terrestrial sediments and provide a lot of information about the feeding habits and diet of an animal. Coprolites can be examined for remains of plants and pollen so the climate the animal lived in can be determined. Sometimes coprolites of marine animals like sharks are found. The biggest coprolite discovered so far was found in Canada. It could have belonged to a Tyrannosaurus Rex. It was 45 centimetres long and weighed 7 kilos! Coprolites are not very rare, but difficult to recognize.

 

A shark coprolite.

 


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