coprolite


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cop·ro·lite

 (kŏp′rə-līt′)
n.
Fossilized excrement.

cop′ro·lit′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.

coprolite

(ˈkɒprəˌlaɪt)
n
(Palaeontology) any of various rounded stony nodules thought to be the fossilized faeces of Palaeozic-Cenozoic vertebrates
coprolitic adj

cop•ro•lite

(ˈkɒp rəˌlaɪt)

n.
a fossil consisting of animal fecal matter.
[1820–30]
cop`ro•lit′ic (-ˈlɪt ɪk) adj.

coprolite

a small mass of rock composed of the petrified fecal remains of animals.
See also: Geology
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coprolite - fossil excrement; petrified dung
droppings, dung, muck - fecal matter of animals
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If we found one coprolite with a crustacean fossil in it, that would be a really interesting scientific discovery.
Visitors may look forward to another new display launching in October, the only known Tyrannosaurus rex coprolite (fossilized dung) in the world.
AMERICAN security director George Frandsen owns the world's largest collection of coprolite - better known as fossilized dung.
To determine if a coprolite came from a dinosaur, Chin looks at the age of the rock where it was deposited.
Tapeworm Eggs in a 270 Million-Year-Old Shark Coprolite," PLoS ONE 8 (2013): e55007.
From the Buckland Coprolite file, Oxford University Museum (cited in Nicolaas A.
Josh Chait, the spokesman for the auctioneer in Beverly Hills, said that the spectacular specimen was possibly the longest example of coprolite - fossilised dinosaur feces ever to be offered at auction, presented in four sections, each with a heavy black marble custom base.
AU--dark-humus, 0-26/26 cm, has a sod 2 cm thick; brownish dark-grey colour; wetting, loose; structure is cloddy, light-clayey, thin-porous and porous, loose, light-sticky, there are worm-holes and coprolite.
Recently two papers have appeared by Wood, Wilmshurst and others describing South Island moa coprolite (dung) studies.
The coprolite is much too small to represent a large ungulate; it likely came from a small-to-medium-sized carnivore.
The top most unit is usually a phos-arenite with coarse grained coprolite.