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I work at a university and a guy called this summer to see if we wanted some "dinosaur poop" he found. Maybe he was prank calling, byt he sounded totally serious. I just want to know how he knew it was dinosaur poop? We don't have a paleontology dept so I sent him to biology.

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I can remember having to study human coprolite, from South American digs, under a microscope, back when I was working on my anthropology degree.

davknight Level 8 Feb 9, 2019
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It might well have been worth having a look at it, and his identification could have been correct - some specimens of coprolites are very obviously faeces. He might also have found it in an area where coprolites have previously been found, perhaps even in an area where they were mined (in the past, they were ground up and used in the manufacture of fertiliser - here in the UK, the finest buildings in some villages were paid for thanks to fossilised faeces!)

Jnei Level 8 Oct 24, 2018
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And could be gastroliths......

jasen Level 8 Sep 20, 2018
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Coprilites. Some paleontologists study them, assume they have collector value like most fossils.

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