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Coprolite

PRODUCT TYPE: Fossil

One coprolite fossil proudly displayed in a gift box.

A perfect addition for your fossil collection.

The poo-looking rock is indeed poo...at least it was during the Miocene epoch.

All animals poo, even animals that lived millions of years ago. When the droppings are well-preserved, the organic matter is slowly replaced by mineral deposits, and a permanent, fossilized replica of the poo is created called a coprolite.

Paleontologists use coprolites to study the diet of prehistoric creatures. Based on this information, this fossilized feces you received was most likely from a prehistoric turtle that lived between 5 to 23 million years ago in what is now Madagascar.

 

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Specimen: Coprolite

Genus/Species:
Era: Miocene epoch
Age: 5 Ma - 23 Ma
Location: Madagascar
Size: 1"-3"

Notes:

TIME SCALE

This table contains the geological time periods of the past 2.5 billion years on Earth to aid in understanding age immense age of these fossils.

(Ma = Mega-annum = 1,000,000 years)
EON ERA PERIOD EXTENT (Ma) DURATION (Ma)
Phanerozoic Cenozoic Quaternary 2.588–Present 2.588+
Neogene 23.03–2.588 20.4
Paleogene 66.0–23.03 42.9
Mesozoic Cretaceous 145.5–66.0 79.5
Jurassic 201.3–145.0 56.3
Triassic 252.17–201.3 50.9
Paleozoic Permian 298.9–252.17 46.7
Carboniferous 358.9–298.9 60
Devonian 419.2–358.9 60.3
Silurian 443.4–419.2 24.2
Ordovician 485.4–443.4 42
Cambrian 541.0–485.4 55.6
Proterozoic Neoproterozoic Ediacaran 635.0–541.0 94
Cryogenian 850–635 215
Tonian 1,000–850 150
Mesoproterozoic Stenian 1,200–1,000 200
Ectasian 1,400–1,200 200
Calymmian 1,600–1,400 200
Paleoproterozoic Statherian 1,800–1,600 200
Orosirian 2,050–1,800 250
Rhyacian 2,300–2,050 250
Siderian 2,500–2,300 200
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COPROLITE

The poo-looking rock is indeed poo...at least it was during the Miocene epoch.

All animals poo, even animals that lived millions of years ago. When the droppings are well-preserved, the organic matter is slowly replaced by mineral deposits, and a permanent, fossilized replica of the poo is created called a coprolite.

Paleontologists use coprolites to study the diet of prehistoric creatures. Based on this information, this fossilized feces you received was most likely from a prehistoric turtle that lived between 5 to 23 million years ago in what is now Madagascar.

informational video
online resources
CUSTOMER REVIEWS

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Karen rated this item 5 stars

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B. (Texas, United States)
very fun gift

My dinosaur-obsessed 5-year-old will absolutely love the coprolite. She collects specimens so this will be the perfect stocking stuffer.

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E.F. (California, United States)
Some amazing stuff!

Really shows how living tissue is fossilized

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R. (Texas, United States)
Awesome sauce

These were awesome and bought as gifts for two adolescent boys who got a kick out of them!

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