TribLIVE
Blogs | Sports | News
This Just In

A fresh perspective on the latest news compiled by M.S. Scully

« Font size »
Decrease | Reset |Increase

Oldest ‘public toilet’ discovered

fossilized poopScientists have found a 240 million-year-old “communal latrine” in La Rioja Province in northwestern Argentina.

Thousands of fossilized poops of different shapes, sizes and colors were left at the dawn of the dinosaurs as a warning to predators, says Lucas Fiorelli who discovered the dung heaps. “If you leave a huge pile, you are saying: ‘Hey! We are a big herd. Watch out!’ ”

Also left behind were clues as to a prehistoric diet and disease, according to the study in Scientific Reports.

Usually poop disintegrates in the sands of time, but “like Pompeii” volcanic ash preserved the ancient dung, Fiorelli says. Some measure 40 cm wide.

What beast was marking his territory?  Dinodontosaurus, a megaherbivore sort of like a modern rhino.

h/t The Daily Telegraph

Other Blogs
Sports: Dejan Kovacevic | Steel Mill | Chipped Ice | Bucco Blog | Sitting Ringside | Pitt Locker Room | Penn State Sports | H.S. Sports Insiders
News: This Just In | Trib List
» Top TribLIVE.com Sports
» Top TribLIVE.com News
» Top TribLIVE.com Breaking News