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Fossilized excrement.

cop′ro·lit′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
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(Palaeontology) any of various rounded stony nodules thought to be the fossilized faeces of Palaeozic-Cenozoic vertebrates
coprolitic adj
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(ˈkɒp rəˌlaɪt)

a fossil consisting of animal fecal matter.
cop`ro•lit′ic (-ˈlɪt ɪk) adj.
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a small mass of rock composed of the petrified fecal remains of animals.
See also: Geology
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Noun1.coprolite - fossil excrement; petrified dung
droppings, dung, muck - fecal matter of animals
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A team of Argentinian scientists from the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) made the discovery after studying a coprolite taken from a rock-shelter in the country's mountainous Catamarca Province, where the remains of now extinct megafauna have previously been recovered in stratigraphic excavations.
Per the findings, the ancient puma poo (called coprolite) was found in a sedimentary layer within a rock shelter 3,582m above sea level in the cactus-studded sierra-filled Catamarca province of Argentina.
Filter feeding in Late Jurassic pterosaurs supported by coprolite contents.
A study published in the (!) Journal of Archeological Science  revealed that an intact fang of rattlesnake was recovered from a coprolite that was excavated in the late 1960s but left unstudied until now.
He leaves school and goes to work on the coprolite fields, where fossils are dug up to be used as fertiliser.
In the rare event that it happens to be deposited in the right environmental conditions to become a fossil (at which point it's called a coprolite), it can reveal much about what a dinosaur was actually eating.
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.
Dentzien-Dias et al., "Tapeworm Eggs in a 270 Million-Year-Old Shark Coprolite," PLoS ONE 8 (2013): e55007.
(55.) From the Buckland Coprolite file, Oxford University Museum (cited in Nicolaas A.