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Dinosaur Coprolite 35mm


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Genus: Dinosaur coprolite.
Age: Cretaceous, approximately 90 to 70 million years.
Origin: Tegana formation, Aptian, Kem Kem Basin, Morocco, North Africa.

Coprolite measurements.
Height: 3.6 cm
Length: 3.5 cm
Depth: 2.3 cm

Approximate weight: 0,024 g

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Dinosaur coprolite 35mm is fossilised feaces, these droppings generally can tell us much of climate changes and the animals feeding habits or even state of health. This particular fossilised dung was discovered in the Red Beds of the Tengana formation, Morocco. The way the faces was produced, the ridges or striations on the fossilised coprolite can inform palaeontologists what type of dinosaur or animal originally created it. Analysis of the inner structure can supply information about climate and habits of the individual, the study of coprolites can give much information which in turn can help to build a picture of the bio diversity of the time period of the middle Cretaceous period which is where this particular coprolite was unearthed.

The most favourable geological conditions for the preservation of coprolite is to be covered particularly quickly in an anoxic environment. Over time it is replaced by surrounding minerals, in this case siderite and limonite and permineralisation process's transform the dung into stone fossilised forever. Fossil remains such as plants, seeds, bark, teeth, claws and bones (dependent on the animal) can be discovered within the coprolite, which is a valuable indicator to the animals diet whether a herbivore or carnivore or what the animal dietary preferences were. Coprolites helped scientists and researchers determine and understand diets of prehistoric animals, how their digestion worked. Also coprolite can be a great indicator to the seasonal changes that occurred millions of years ago once seeds and plant matter is microscopically analysed. The specimen coprolite will be supplied in a glazed case.

Additional Information

Age Cretaceous
Origin Morocco