#1 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, January 24th, 2014 13:30
#2 By: Salgak, January 24th, 2014 13:40
Dinosaur Coprolites. I have several, collected on my summer geology field camps as an undergrad. Well, I should say HAD several, they're now on display at my old High School's science lab and the Geology department of my alma mater.
They were not the best finds at the camp, one guy stumbled onto a near-perfect Ammonite specimen half a meter across. . .
#3 By: c, January 24th, 2014 13:47
I really hate scatologists. . . they're always talking shit.
#4 By: Parke Wilde, January 24th, 2014 13:50
It would be great if the photograph had some measure of scale -- such as a penny or ruler. We want to see how big the poop is!
#5 By: kpkpkp, January 24th, 2014 13:57
From Wikipedia article: seven-inch-long (19.5 cm)
In 2003, it broke into three pieces after being dropped whilst on exhibition to a party of visitors. As of 2003, efforts were underway to reconstruct it.
The Archaeological Resource Centre really has their shit together!
#6 By: deedub, January 24th, 2014 14:03
Is there anything particularly noteworthy about this turd? I'm trying to understand why someone would come across a piece of crap laying on the ground, and think, "Hey, I should keep this".
#7 By: Neil Winkelmann, January 24th, 2014 14:26
Of course, the standard unit of measure for this material is the "Katie Couric"
#8 By: Mellivora Capensis, January 24th, 2014 14:43
and "Fecal Occult Blood".
I try to excuse myself early from those parties.
#9 By: Brendan Kidwell, January 24th, 2014 14:47
Since my feed reader doesn't show post author in the main index, I sometimes like to play "Guess the Author". And yep, with a title like "Fun with feces" who could it possibly be but @maggiekb?
#10 By: snowmentality, January 24th, 2014 14:49
Because it's from the 9th century. Poo from the 9th century can tell us a lot of interesting things about people from the 9th century.
#11 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, January 24th, 2014 15:35
I'll take this as a compliment.
#12 By: deedub, January 24th, 2014 15:59
Sure, but the guy who found it didn't know that. To him it was just a piece of shit that he picked up.
#13 By: chgoliz, January 24th, 2014 16:04
Dug up. From deep underground, with a major city sitting on top of it for centuries. Archaeologists live for this sort of thing.
#14 By: Alexis, January 24th, 2014 16:56
It's the same as the chemical process that browns your toast. No shit.
I love you for this pun.
#15 By: Dave Barak, January 24th, 2014 17:44
So that's where I left it...
#16 By: Marlborotestmonkey7, January 25th, 2014 21:51
Bolted down, for your security.
#17 By: Katey_Cardigan, January 26th, 2014 16:58
Wonderful. Been down this rabbit hole- if I'd been born 55 years earlier than I had been, I would have never lived to poop (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladd%27s_procedure). My resulting peculier physiology ("The third section of your small bowel is not in the normal location, but we can't do anything about that" to quote a doctor during an ER visit a few years ago) has resulted in a lifetime poop obsession. One of my greatest achievements in my college years was a less than 48 hour transit time. (BFA, if that helps explain...)
#18 By: Cary, January 27th, 2014 13:02
9th C. poo?
Surprised that more hasn't been discovered...
In days of old when knights were bold
and toilets were not invented,
they laid their load beside the road
and walked away contented!
#19 By: Maggie Koerth-Baker, January 29th, 2014 13:30
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