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Some coastal travelers did eventually turn landward, as shown by early inland sites such as Oregon's Paisley Caves, which yielded a 14,200-year-old human coprolite.
Scientists have also examined Neanderthal coprolites for clues to the complex diets of these human relatives.
But until now, only a limited amount could be learned from from studying fossilized feces, also known as coprolites.
In one coprolite the researchers found the remains of three beetle species, including two wing cases and a part of a leg.
The oldest biological remains from any humans on the continent is a coprolite (fossilized poop) from 14,300 years ago.
Exactly what species produced the coprolites is unknown, but after analyzing a third specimen of the same composition found nearby the scientists determined that it had been produced by a carnivorous vertebrate other than a shark.
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