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Fossilized human feces found in Oregon cave   Global Post - July 16, 2012

New fossilized DNA found in Oregon is proving that humans lived in cave dwellings as early as 14,300 years ago, the Associated Press reported. The DNA was extracted from coprolites, otherwise known as fossilized feces. Along with the coprolites, stone points were discovered in the same cave. The points found in the cave differ from those used by the Clovis people, once thought to be the first North Americas, suggesting that this tribe lived at the same time, or possibly before, the Clovis people.




Huge Fossilized Dung Reveals a Hidden Ancient Ecosystem   Live Science - July 17, 2009

The world might be knee-deep in cow patties and other animal waste today were it not for dung beetles. Dung beetles roll the waste of large animals into tiny balls that they bury underground to snack on later. Burying the dung fertilizes the soil and reduces disease, but the benefits don't stop there. A new study of 30 million-year-old fossilized mega-dung balls, as big as three inches (seven centimeters) in diameter and produced from the dung of extinct giant South American mammals, reveals that the dung was also a food source for a number of insects that would steal a bite while the dung beetles weren't looking.




Oldest Human Hair Found in Hyena Poop Fossil?   National Geographic - February 6, 2009
The oldest known human hairs could be the strands discovered in fossil hyena poop found in a South African cave, a new study hints. Researchers discovered the rock-hard hyena dung near the Sterkfontein caves, where many early human ancestor fossils have been found. Each white, round fossil turd, or coprolite, is roughly 0.8 inch (2 centimeters) across. They were found embedded in sediments 195,000 to 257,000 years old. Until now, the oldest known human hair was from a 9,000-year-old Chilean mummy. The sizes and shapes of the coprolites and their location suggest they came from brown hyenas, which still live in the region's caves today. It's not clear which species the newfound human hairs are from, since the human fossil record for this time span is exceedingly limited, the researchers say.




Feces hint at first Americans BBC - April 3, 2008

Fossilized feces found in Oregon's Paisley Caves may help solve the riddle of when and how humans came to the Americas. The samples date back just over 14,000 years, before the time of the Clovis culture. Clovis people dominated North and Central America around 13,000 years ago, and whether any groups came before them has been controversial.




Fossil Feces Is Earliest Evidence of North America Humans National Geographic - April 3, 2008

Fossilized human feces have been found in a cave in Oregon. The fossils are thought to be more than 14,000 years old.
It's no load of crap: Scientists have discovered the earliest evidence of humans in North America - in 14,300-year-old fossilized feces. The discovery of the preserved scat fragments, known as coprolites, levels a major blow against the popular Clovis-first theory of how people first came to the Americas. After repeated radiocarbon dating and DNA analyses, the scientists concluded that the oldest of the human-produced material was deposited at least a thousand years before the so-called Clovis culture





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