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    Well... Poop...

    Yep, poop!
    Recently spent a while wandering the desert and came across these. Coprolite, not really a great petrification, a bit brittle- but no telling how long it has weathered. Was laid out on the ground like the beast just walked in front of me a few days ago...
    Big one is probably 45-50 pounds- smallest one is bigger than a softball. Looks as if they originally plopped into a soft bog or mud/silt - nice soft landing... (in pic, some are right side up, some are upside down,)
    After much research... it is probably Cenozoic, Paleogene, Oligocene epoch based on layer of dirt. Maybe 20 million years after KT event, 40 million years ago. Likely mammalian mega fauna like the freaky horned rhino or pre mastodon elephant. Lots of petrified wood around there as well. Need to get back shortly as there was dozens more around and no telling what other fossils may lay about!

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    Well there's something you don't step in every day. Cool finds.
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    Nice finds! I find many coprolites along the lower Potomac river, aquia formation. They are mainly crocodile and when viewed through a loop, you can see fish scales and bones!
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    I sometimes use a stool softener. Congrats on the poop find.
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    I liked to keep a couple of these on my desk at work. People stopping by my desk would invariably pick one up and ask about it. It was fun to watch their reactions. I sometimes gave them away so we could say that I gave them some crap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1more4me View Post

    Yep, poop!
    Recently spent a while wandering the desert and came across these. Coprolite.
    Nope. Not coprolite. They're sedimentary concretionary developments; sometimes you can find paleontological material preserved within such concreitonary structures, of course.

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    Holy moly poop that old
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    Quote Originally Posted by A2coins View Post
    Holy moly poop that old
    Nope. Not fossil poop--AKA, coprolite. They're sedimentary-originated concretionary structures; sometimes you can find paleontological specimens preserved within such concreitonary material, of course.

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    Now what would be cool is to find some coprolite with a foot and/or hoof print in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AeroMike View Post
    Now what would be cool is to find some coprolite with a foot and/or hoof print in it.
    Interesting in a theoretical sense, perhaps.

    But, original poster's specimens do not represent fossil poop--AKA, coprolite. They're sedimentary-originated concretionary structures; sometimes you can find paleontological remains preserved inside such concreitonary formations, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inyo View Post
    Nope. Not coprolite. They're sedimentary concretionary developments; sometimes you can find paleontological material preserved within such concreitonary structures, of course.

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    Inyo, While I appreciate your repeated attempt to disagree- posting a broken link is not very helpful. If you could post a very similar picture of an example or a link to a reputable website explaining, describing, or classifying your assertion, it would be quite helpful.
    Now, please understand, I love debate, and your offered identification is compelling- But, I'll need more info on your assertion before I discount the shape, size, area found, content and matter that is fossilized within the specimens, and complete lack of any similar image on the internet anywhere, any way and any how by the name "
    sedimentary-originated concretionary structures"
    that even come minimally close to resembling these that I have.
    Thanks though...
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    I agree, they are sedimentary concretions. I cut and polish stones (lapidary) and I have cut coprolite that is colorful but it is as hard as petrified wood and takes a good polish. The coprolite I have seen does not resemble modern poop as the concretions do. I have found similar ones to the OP in the desert and they break open quite easily and look pretty much the same on the inside. The coprolite I have cut is very hard and came from Utah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1more4me View Post
    posting a broken link is not very helpful.
    The link worked when I originally posted it here, of course (September 28 and October 2, 2018). Your reply was on October 27, 2018.

    On October 22, 2018, I removed all of my fossils-related (and music) web pages from the Net.
    Last edited by Inyo; Nov 08, 2018 at 09:25 AM.

 

 

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