It’s fair to say I’ve studied more dinosaur feces than most
July 28, 2017 12:05 PM   Subscribe

There was the time back in 1998 when Karen Chin needed to know what size animal could produce a fecal mass of 2.4 liters in one go. So she called a physician who studied bowel movements. The physician, driven by who-knows-what mixture of courtesy and curiosity, called her later that day. He explained that in his line of work he typically focused on the health of his patients, as revealed through their bowel movements, not on the volume of matter they produced. He couldn’t give Chin a precise figure. However, he told Chin, it just didn’t make sense for a man, or a man-sized animal, to produce 2.4 liters of excrement. That answer was enough to make Chin’s heart sing. Because she was pretty sure she’d identified the first fossil of a Tyrannosaurus rex turd. posted by ChuraChura (8 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
 
This was an excellent and interesting article.

However, he told Chin, it just didn’t make sense for a man, or a man-sized animal, to produce 2.4 liters of excrement.

Someone has never eaten at Taco Bell.
posted by maxwelton at 1:45 PM on July 28 [9 favorites]


“I like working with dinosaurs because I can more easily constrain what I like to call the poopetrator!” she says.
This woman is my hero.
posted by foxfirefey at 2:23 PM on July 28 [9 favorites]


♥️🦎💩
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:29 PM on July 28 [2 favorites]


That dog shits like a MAN!
--Reno 911
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 3:53 PM on July 28 [1 favorite]


Dino poops are the best poops. This is well known.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:12 PM on July 28 [1 favorite]


There is a great Dinosaur Train episode (Episode 110) about dinosaur poop.....made better as its giant Brachiosaurus poop. That is all!
posted by inflatablekiwi at 5:19 PM on July 28 [1 favorite]


The set-up of this post leading up to the first link is awesome. Well done.
posted by 4ster at 7:30 PM on July 28


I read out the title, and my partner cracked up. Honestly, it's for post titles like this I read Metafilter.
posted by happyroach at 9:15 PM on July 28


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