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What can you learn from ancient poop?

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If poop is so gross, why are paleontologists so excited when they find fossilized feces of any kind? What can we learn from the deep, dark, dirty secrets hidden in what paleontologists call coprolites? Gross Science, gives us a closer look. 

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Who wouldn't want to learn more about fossilized poop? Coprolites: A Few Words On Prehistoric Turds! Take a look at the link and scroll through some beautiful photos and examples of coprolites that have been found in the world. Get the word on the turd!

Coprolites are like windows to the past. Visit the Poozeum website and find out more! Why are scientists so thrilled with dinosaur dung? This article: It's a Dirty Job, But Someone's Gotta Do It, just might have the answers that you are looking for.    

Interested in the idea that scientists can discern between different cultures in an area based on the prehistoric poop that is found? Click here and watch this video!

Okay, I know you want to ask! How BIG was dinosaur poop? This article:  Dino-sized poop, has your answer! The Washington Post also has a great article on the topic, get the scoop on dino poop here!

Finally, take a look at some Neanderthal poop and find out from National Geographic what was unearthed:  What Discovery of Oldest Human Poop Reveals About Neanderthals' Diet!

Want a coprolite all your own? This one caused quite a controversy over its authenticity!  Read: Was Six-Million-Year-Old Turd Auctioned for $10,000 a Faux Poo? 
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