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November 17, 2010

Geology Word of the Week: C is for Coprolite

A coprolite. Image courtesy of USGS, taken from Wikipedia commons. def. Coprolite: 1. Fossilized animal dung. That’s right, rock solid animal poop. 2. Something I occasionally find under the sofa next to my cats’ litter box. Thanks, Samira and Zayna, you little furballs. I have actually never seen a genuine coprolite. The “cat coprolites” I sometimes find are not true fossils- they’re dried out, but their structure hasn’t been replaced …

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