GuidesMagazineShopBuy FossilsJoin Hunts

I picked this up in the Wealden of Cooden bay, and can’t see it being anything other than a large herbivore coprolite. Presumably iguanodon. After my friend Ed, it’s got to be the 2nd biggest turd I’ve come across near bexhill  


Click image for larger version - Name: B3B3B942-2356-49D0-B8A2-1719EFED8980.jpeg, Views: 58, Size: 644.27 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 95D19713-8ECC-49B6-93CC-A55BDF7C0194.jpeg, Views: 62, Size: 613.51 KB Click image for larger version - Name: CF5EDDCD-7D75-4C74-BD36-AA96BED91F41.jpeg, Views: 59, Size: 494.73 KB Click image for larger version - Name: AAB4CB67-FD6D-437E-B0AE-8B5F659254B3.jpeg, Views: 53, Size: 500.64 KB
Quote 1 0
fossielen man
How can you see the difference between a coprolite and a rock that looks a bit like a coprolite? 
Quote 1 0
A good question. No digestion is ever complete -  for example horse dung, Even in cows whose fresh faeces are quite runny, when they dry out have visible plant bits in them. The same would apply to Cretaceous herbivores I suggest. So, with some luck and a decent hand lens, you might be able to see undigested leaf and stem remains in the coprolite. This only applies to herbivores - carnivores are a bit different  Sandstones and mudstones should be obvious when using a hand lens and many other rocks will have crystals and other clearly non-biological inclusions. Good luck and as a last resort send your photos to the NHM in London (they may not be fully open right now).
best wishes Alex
Quote 1 0
Write a reply...

Discussions on fossils, fossil hunting, rocks, locations, and identifying your finds.
(C)opyright 2019 - UKGE Ltd and UK Fossils - Contact us