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Some Rare Tyrannosaurus rex Feces Will Be Headed to the Smithsonian Soon


A long time ago, perhaps 65 million years or so, a Tyrannosaurus rex in what is now Saskatchewan, Canada ate another dinosaur, allowing me to show you this photograph of 100% genuine dinosaur poop.  This hunk of fossilized feces, or coprolite, which actually quite importantly supports the idea that the Tyrannosaurus rex was carnivorous, is being replicated so that its copy can be sent from The Royal Saskatchewan Museum to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.  The fossil actually contains the bones of another dinosaur, perhaps a “duck-billed dinosaur or a horned creature such as Triceratops” according to Live Science and will be featured in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum’s upcoming ”Putting Dinosaurs in Their Place” exhibit.

(via Neatorama, Live Science)

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  • Porco Rosso

    I have ten dollars to the first person who cosplays Jeff Goldblum, saunters over to that museum, removes their sunglasses and remarks: “now that is a big pile of shit.”

  • Anonymous

    I have ten dollars to the first
    person who cosplays Jeff Goldblum, saunters over to that museum, removes
    their sunglasses and remarks: “now that is a big pile of shit.”

  • Octochan

    One of my favourite lines from Girl Genius is a mad scientist complaining about the “useless inferior coprolitic components” he had to work with, or “useless inferior fossilized-piece-of-dinosaur-shit-like components”.

  • Anonymous

    As a person living in the city where the original fossil resides, I am going to take this under very serious consideration!

  • Joanna

    I find it kind of amusing that if humanity were to be wiped out, our poop would be considered a significant historical find in some future race’s museum millions of years from now.