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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https://www.earthtouchnews.com/discoveries/discoveries/worlds-oldest-bird-vomit-heaved-out-in-china/ News article about Wang et al 2016 (full disclosure, I wrote this article)
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).
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: http://sourcedb.ivpp.cas.cn/yw/rckyw/201803/t20180302_4969186.html
(Dr. Wang provided the images used in the popular article on Earth Touch News)
Corwin Sullivan: https://www.ualberta.ca/science/about-us/contact-us/faculty-directory/corwin-sullivan
Fossil brooding balls:
http://www.dmns.org/science/museum-scientists/frank-krell/ Dr. Krell studies scarab beetles, and is an author of the publication with all these lovely photos: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Recent-dung-beetle-brood-balls-excavated-and-preyed-on-by-bat-eared-foxes-Otocyon_fig13_227033319
https://www.colorado.edu/geologicalsciences/karen-chin Karen Chin is the “Coprolite Queen” – I bet she could provide photos or point you in the right direction
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/let.12258 All of these authors also have email addresses listed. They are all in Argentina.
George Poinar Jr. is the author of the book chapter I referenced above.
First and senior authors of the study:
Benjamin Bomfleur https://www.uni-muenster.de/GeoPalaeontologie/en/palaeobotanik/staff/bomfleur.html
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:
Marcelo Adorna Fernandes