Turtle Coprolite, fossil poo, Miocene, Washington USA


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SIZE:  61 x 59 x 38mm
(2.4 x 2.32 x 1.5 inches)

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Type: Turtle Coprolite (Fossil Poo)
Age: Miocene
Location: Washington, USA

These coprolites are from prehistoric turtles nicknamed ‘Turtlesaurs’. These Coprolites are unique fossilised droppings and most likely from a turtle that lived in the wetlands of western Washington state between 12 and 20 million years ago. The dung droppings are preserved by the mineral Siderite, a carbonate of iron. Scatologists can tell a lot about the diet from studying these coprolites. Remains of nuts, seeds and bone may be seen in the mineralised dung.

Coprolite, meaning “dung stone” , kopros means dung and lithikos means stone in Greek, is fossilised feces. And no, coprolite does not smell bad – it had undergone a fossilisation process. Copro means “dung,” from the Greek word kopros. The ending “-lite” is a common ending for fossil or mineral terms, coming from the Greek word lithos, which means stone. The term coprolite was coined around 1830.

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