Trace fossil Fossil poo

Fossil poo (or coprolites) contains shiny black fish scales and sometimes even bones. This dropping fell onto a still, stagnating seafloor, and did not disintegrate. It gradually hardened while being slowly buried by sediments, so it kept its shape. It’s probably from a reptile.

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Common name

Trace fossil Fossil poo

Scientific name

Coprolite

Type

Trace Fossils


Strata

Lower Lias

Time period

Lower Jurassic

Age

195 million years

Where found

Lyme Regis

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.01382