Morphology, preservation and palaeobiological significance of dinosaur copralites

Thulborn R.A. (1991) Morphology, preservation and palaeobiological significance of dinosaur copralites. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 83 4: 341-366. doi:10.1016/0031-0182(91)90060-5


Author Thulborn R.A.
Title Morphology, preservation and palaeobiological significance of dinosaur copralites
Journal name Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0031-0182
Publication date 1991
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0031-0182(91)90060-5
Volume 83
Issue 4
Start page 341
End page 366
Total pages 26
Subject 1911 Palaeontology
Abstract This paper reviews the coprolites (fossil excrements) of terrestrial vertebrates, giving particular attention to examples that may have originated from dinosaurs. Factors affecting the preservation of corprolites and briefly surveyed, and the internal and extent morphology of these fossils is examined in detail. Coprolites furnish small, but sometimes important, pieces of evidence about dinosaur biology: such evidence is rarely conclusive or unbiased, though in favourable circumstances it can be used to ascertain the identity, behaviour, habitats and diets of dinosaurs. Information derived from coprolites is best appraised in the context of broad-based studies which also consider the anatomical adaptations of dinosaurs, their gut contents and their feeding traces, along with any associated fossils that might betray the potential sources of food exploited by dinosaurs.
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