coprolite

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A coprolite

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From copro- +‎ -lite.

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coprolite (plural coprolites)

  1. A fossil consisting of petrified dung.
    • 2003, Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything:
      Almost inevitably, he became the leading authority on coprolites – fossilized faeces – and had a table made entirely out of his collection of specimens.
    • 2018, Hanneke Meijer, The Guardian, 4 April:
      Analyses of the DNA fragments preserved in the moa and kakapo coprolites showed that moa and kakapo fed on fungi.

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