cop·​ro·​lite | \ ˈkä-prə-ˌlīt How to pronounce coprolite (audio) \

Definition of coprolite

: fossilized excrement

Other Words from coprolite

coprolitic \ ˌkä-​prə-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce coprolite (audio) \ adjective

Examples of coprolite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enlarge / Scanning electron micrograph of a single fecal pellet (coprolite) found in the cranial cavity of a fossilized fish. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 Feb. 2022 If a coprolite is spiral-shaped, for instance, it might have been excreted by an ancient shark, since some modern fish (like sharks) have spiral-shaped intestines. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 Feb. 2022 The researchers’ coprolite provides a valuable snapshot of what Silesaurus ate, and how. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 June 2021 Preserved inside were several of the first ever fully intact beetles discovered in a coprolite. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 June 2021 Qvarnström and his colleagues uncovered a particular dime-size coprolite in a clay pit near Ozimek, Poland. Tess Joosse, Scientific American, 30 June 2021 Alternative options: Other fossils primed for printing include a Priscacara serrata fish, a Stephanoceras juhlei ammonite and a shasta ground sloth’s coprolite (essentially fossilized feces). Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 27 Nov. 2019 Archaeologists and biologists have studied parasite eggs from human and animal coprolites, from ancient latrines, in the soil of archaeological graves, and even from mummified peoples’ digestive tracts. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 28 Aug. 2019 In this particular coprolite cast, paleontologists found crushed, undigested bone. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, 7 June 2019 See More

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1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Coprolite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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