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The 100,000-year-old lumps of dung

dung giant ground sloth eremotherium rusconi coprolites

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:35 PM

They look suspiciously fresh; but in fact these lumps of dung are around 100,000 years old.

They came from a giant ground sloth (Eremotherium rusconi), an ancient relative of modern tree sloths, armadillos and anteaters.

The grizzly bear-sized animals used foot-long claws to grasp tree limbs and scrape off bark for meals - as scientists know from studying their fossilised dung, or 'coprolites'.


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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:07 PM

Stepped in that would ruin your day.

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