Coprolite is fossilized dung.
Poop that’s millions of years old
The petrified turds come from the Eocene period and are between 33.9 to 56 million years old! This fossilized excrement was found in Madagascar and is most likely made by a crocodile. Researchers are always very pleased with coprolite because it can tell something about the diet of the animal.
It is perhaps not the first thing you think of when you look at these turds, but they can tell a lot about the climate in the time they were made. The traces left in the feces accommodate information about the surrounding vegetation. Was it dry or wet? Hot or cold? These fossils can tell!
This poop does not stink!
Like other fossils the most of the organic material is converted into mineral and lime. Therefore, these fossils do not stink! They have still the same shape from the moment when they were made, but fortunately no longer the smell!