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We tend to think of fossils as dinosaur bones or petrified wood, but what if we told you that there's a lot we can learn from fossilized waste?

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Bird vomit: News article about Wang et al 2016 (full disclosure, I wrote this article)



Worm sperm:


Dinosaur pee:

Image Contacts:
As Alyssa requested, some contact info for scientists you might be able to reach out to for images (many are simply the authors of the relevant studies).

Bird vomit:
I’ve corresponded in the past with the first and third authors of that study, so I know they should both be good contacts:
Min Wang:
(Dr. Wang provided the images used in the popular article on Earth Touch News)
Corwin Sullivan:

Fossil brooding balls: Dr. Krell studies scarab beetles, and is an author of the publication with all these lovely photos: Karen Chin is the “Coprolite Queen” – I bet she could provide photos or point you in the right direction All of these authors also have email addresses listed. They are all in Argentina.

Amber farts:
George Poinar Jr. is the author of the book chapter I referenced above.

Worm sperm:
First and senior authors of the study:
Benjamin Bomfleur
Stephen McLoughlin

Fossil ambergris:
First author of the study: Angela Baldanza [email protected]
Other author emails are all listed. All are in Italy [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]

The two famous urolite publications (the ones mentioned in the Nat Geo article) were first-authored by these two:
Katherine Mccarville:
Marcelo Adorna Fernandes

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