If you ever saw the movie Jurassic Park when you were a child, there was a small part of you that wanted to be a paleontologist. Explore the vast continents in search of ancient dinosaur bones, discover mysteries of the past and be rewarded for it. As a result, the work is not so glamorous. For example, scientists recently found a prehistoric shark tooth in an old crocodile poop and that is the most interesting discovery in quite some time.
The approximately 20 million year-old fossil was found in South Carolina and researchers are studying it day and night. The fossil is a coprolite, which is a sophisticated science word for fossilized popo. The interesting thing about this poop is that it contains marks of teeth and shark teeth.
Diver Mark Stitzer found the poo fossil and almost immediately knew what he had found was special. This was not just any poop, this was historic poop. It turns out that he was right.
The stern will be on display at the Florida Museum of Natural History, which apparently has a complete exhibit dedicated to ancient corpses and the mysteries found within.
George Fransden, specialist in fossil poop, said the following about the shark tooth fossil / coconut poop that was found: "The unique characteristics of this coprolite illustrate that a crocodile crashed 33 to 22 million years ago, and that a carcharocles shark angustidens took a bite out of that poop, but did not digest it. "
The museum of Fransden's poop fossils are aptly titled, Poozeum, and he studies fossils with a fiery passion that we could never understand.
So the next time you're thinking about throwing your fools down the drain, you might send them to Mr. Fransden. It could be worth watching!