Fossil excrement is a thing of the past. Coprolite, meaning dung stone, did indeed happen all over the world. And not just dinosaur scat although dinosaur poo gets the most notoriety.
Most coprolites are primarily composed of calcium phosphate with minor quantities of organic matter. Dung beetles did enjoy their dinosaur dung. These trace fossils were a big hit with kindergartners at Dinosaur Ridge Tuesday. They uncovered an herbivore dinosaur skeleton, as well as the carnivore dinosaur tooth in her spine, her nest, and, of course, the coprolite.
There are coprolite cabochons or cabs:
And there's Cab Calloway, an early jazz scat singer:
Jazz scat is a humorous, non-word way of singing, wonderfully sung by Cab, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others.
Dinosaur scat is a humorous trace fossil. Right?
Scat. Scat. Cab. Cab. A coincidence? I think not. . .What do you think?
And, finally, a coprolite controversy: Is this a coprolite or Faux Poo?
P.S. I am bracing myself for Close Encounters of the Turd Kind and other poo puns. Pun on if you are feeling fair to midden. . .
"We use what we have, where we are, while we can."