Thursday, July 12, 2007
Ok folks...here's this weeks Thursday Take-out object. Leave your guesses in the comments.
Ok..you all are smart! I guess I'm gonna have to invest more time in finding obscure things.
On the 2nd June 2005 this strange object was picked up off the foreshore at Yaverland. It is 16 centimetres long and 6 centimetres thick. Scientifically it is a coprolite, or fossil dinosaur dung (from the Greek Kopros = dung, and lite = mineral, from lithos = stone). It contains the digested remains of a bony meal eaten over 122 million years ago on the Isle of Wight. The lump would have dropped onto the ground as a large steaming heap, from a carnivorous dinosaur. Before it could be disturbed it was covered in mud and fossilized. It remained in the rock for millions of years, until it was found among the pebbles. The biggest lump is 6 centimetres in diameter. You can still see bits of smashed bone amongst the larger lumps which provides evidence that the dinosaur it came from was a carnivore. The coprolite has been given the Museum number IWCMS 2005.85, so it should be available for research for many years.