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Offline bigdog1984

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Dino Poop?
« on: 04/08/2013 01:32:49 »
Hello Naked Scientists,
                                   
                      I have a question.  My six year old daughter found what we suspect is Dino Poop. I am sending along a picture of it. It is six inches long.             
                                   
                                                Thanks! - David


 

Offline evan_au

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Re: Dino Poop?
« Reply #1 on: 04/08/2013 08:46:39 »
I can't see your rock sample in detail, but the scientific term for fossilised poop is "Coprolite".
 

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Re: Dino Poop?
« Reply #2 on: 04/08/2013 10:19:18 »
You and your kid can call the rock whatever you wish within your family.  However, it appears to have some quartz inclusions which are likely of igneous origin.  Perhaps the rock is a type of granite, although quartz veins can be found in a variety of rocks.

The shape and texture would be from wearing in a river, or perhaps a glacier.
 

Offline Bill S

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Re: Dino Poop?
« Reply #3 on: 07/08/2013 23:05:44 »
You could also see it as an animal's head, with the muzzle to the right, and the (quartz?) inclusion as the eye.  I don't think that would be any greater stretch of the imagination than the "rodent" someone spotted in a Mars photo.  :)

On a more serious note, though, unless you particularly want to keep it in one piece, it could be interesting to find out if the inclusions are rounded pebbles.
 

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