Trace fossil Fossil poo

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Fossil poo is easy to identify – because it looks just like animal poo! Look closely and you can see that it is packed with bones and fish scales. These specimens were probably deposited by a marine reptile or shark. The proper name for fossil poo is coprolites. ‘Copro’ comes from the Greek word for ‘dung’, and ‘lite’ from the Greek for ‘stone’.

 

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Common name

Trace fossil Fossil poo

Scientific name

Coprolite

Type

Trace Fossils


Strata

Unknown

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

190 million years

Where found

Lyme Regis

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton

Accession number

BULFM-2013-127