Poozeum – Level 4 Hallway
Explore the Fascinating World of Coprolites & Dinosaur Poop
Drop in and learn about coprolites with this new display adjacent to DinoDigs. The Poozeum is a collection of some of the largest coprolites ever found and it’s so much more than a crappy complement to our existing dinosaur fossil displays.
What is a coprolite? Also known as fossilized feces, coprolites are very old pieces of prehistoric poop that have become fossilized over a very long time. Coprolites come in a variety of shapes and sizes and they have been discovered on every continent on earth. These special little time capsules provide direct links to prehistoric animal diets, behaviors, and environments.
From dino dung to crocodile caca, check out over a dozen specimens, including Barnum – the Guinness World Record Holder for “world’s largest fossilized excrement from a carnivore.” It was generously provided by a very full T. Rex and loaned to us by the “King of Fossilized Feces,” Famed Collector and Explorers Club Fellow, George Frandsen.
Specimens on display range in sizes and date back 11,700 to 200 million years ago. They were discovered all over the world, including some spots in Florida. Scientists can find all sorts of things in coprolites, which can help identify what kind of animal created them. The specimens on display include bits of bones, teeth, scales and plants and were made by dinosaurs, crocodiles, fish and sharks.
For more nuggets, visit: www.poozeum.com