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Author:  gingerkid [ Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:42 pm ]
Post subject:  65,000,000-year-old Curiosity

:lol: trying to lighten things up a bit....

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this coprolite aka fossilized dino dung weighs 3.50-4.49 lbs.

"Approximately 6" Rare fossilized dinosaur dung that is up to 65,000,000 years old. Outer shell is a colorful blend of Brown, Tan, Orange, and Rust tones - the sliced side is polished, and is mottled Tan and Gray with flecks of Rust."

does anyone really collect this stuff or have a specimen or more?? i couldn't imagine having to polish it.

i receive the house of onyx catalog which has some fascinating goodies, from gemstones to fossils. i would love to visit the house of onyx during their open house and "accidently" get lost in their warehouses!! :wink:

http://www.houseofonyx.com

Author:  Jason Barrett [ Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:12 pm ]
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I have had seen friends sell this stuff before and at min. shows..pretty cool gkid...does anybody know how they determine the "poo" is what it is...small seeds and twigs for mplant eaters or small bone chips for meat eaters...does anybody know? was always curious

Author:  allen [ Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:16 am ]
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Here in Washington we have pseudo coprolites which, though very convincing looking, are not organic in origin. For years many rockhounds thought they were the real thing and some probably still do.

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:15 am ]
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Gingerkid, how was it determined that you have a coprolite?

Author:  gem-n00b [ Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 65,000,000-year-old Curiosity

gingerkid wrote:
Rare fossilized dinosaur dung that is up to 65,000,000 years old.


Not to be nit-picky, but....

If it is fossilized dino poop, it must be AT LEAST 65,000,000 years old, not "up to" that old. ;)

Author:  Swishman [ Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:37 pm ]
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I have a bunch of dino doodoo here, lol. Some of it has beautiful colors and/or patterns inside and once cut and polished into cabochons it sells for decent $$$!!! Beside, it is just nifty, lol. Not as cool as petrified dino bone, but still wild none the less!

Fyi, there is no smell no nothing. No difference, really, between it and any other jasper/agate when it comes to cutting and polishing it. Takes a super great polish!

Author:  gingerkid [ Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:01 pm ]
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:lol: the dino poo is not mine, it is from the house of onyx catalog.

i haven't the foggiest idea of how they "determine" if it's dino poo. ms. barbra? is it determined by the, lol, contents found in the dino poo, as amguy suggested, finding leaves for herbivores, and bones,etc. for carnivores?

oh my, and swishman has polished dino poo into cabs-and actually sold them. lol!!

Author:  anitame [ Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:03 pm ]
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Swishman wrote:
Fyi, there is no smell no nothing.



That would have to be some pretty smelly poo to still stink after 65 million years. :wink:

Author:  Swishman [ Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:02 pm ]
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anitame wrote:
That would have to be some pretty smelly poo to still stink after 65 million years. :wink:

Yes it would, but EVERYONE always asks that question when I say I cut and polish the stuff, rofl, so figured would answer it beforehand for once.

One way to tell is the outside appearance. Another way is once you cut it. You can see sometimes see remnants of what the critter ate. There are some misinformation on this however, many say when you see the red veins in the doodoo that it is a sign of blood, this is incorrect! I can not remember off hand anymore what it actually is, but it is NOT blood as many claim. Coprolite can be found all over the USA, and I would bet all over the world. One can find it ranging from humongous piles from the likes of a Stegosaurus all the way to tiny little ones from the likes of turtles!

Author:  Jason Barrett [ Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:05 am ]
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or maybe even neandertahls :oops:

Author:  Swishman [ Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:16 am ]
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amethystguy wrote:
or maybe even neandertahls :oops:

Petrified or not, I would NOT even slab that material, rofl!

Author:  gingerkid [ Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:51 am ]
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Swishman wrote:
amethystguy wrote:
or maybe even neandertahls :oops:

Petrified or not, I would NOT even slab that material, rofl!


:lol:

maybe some folks wondered since you can see the blood vessels/veins in dinosaur bone that you could see blood vessels/veins in dino poo. :lol: what i'm wondering is since when did any poo have blood vessels/veins in it?? :lol:

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:51 am ]
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Since the fossil has been silicified, if the SiO2 has any iron as a coloring agent, it could appear red.
Like red petrified wood, red fossilized dinosaur bone etc. Or, like the red blotches in bloodstone. :wink:

Author:  mehoose [ Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:32 am ]
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:-k Hm, popcorn anyone?

Author:  Jason Barrett [ Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:19 pm ]
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Excellent answer B! That makes perfect sense.

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