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A variety of Phosphorite

a. The fossil excrement of fishes, reptiles, and mammals. Coprolites are composed largely of calcium phosphate.
(Holmes, 1928.)

b. The fossilized and undigested residue that has been eaten and passed through the alimentary canal of some animal.

c. Petrified excrement.

d. Synomen for fecal pellet: castings.

e. Workman's name adopted from geologists, for phosphatic nodules worked tor fertilizer.

Classification of Coprolite

Other Names for Coprolite

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Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

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Localities for Coprolite

This map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
  • Skåne
    • Simrishamn
Swedish Nat.Museum
  • Utah
    • Salt Lake Co.
      • Salt Lake City
Van King
  • Washington
    • Lewis Co.
      • Toledo
Specimen in the collection of Rock Currier
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