April Fool's Day deal is ended!
This specimen is a 100,000,000 year old item called a sideritic coprolite. Based on its shape and location, they are suggested to be fossilized droppings from Cretaceous era turtles... though scientists also wonder if they could be casts of their intestines or abnormal iron formations.
One thing's for sure: they have a very distinctive shape (to put it nicely.) That makes them the perfect thing for a prank! We're giving these specimens out as a free inclusion for orders over the April Fool's Day weekend. Full details below!
Maybe yes! Maybe no!
"Is that what I think it is?"
Cretaceous era turtle poop? Fossil cast of an intestinal tract? Strange ironstone nodule formation? The science is still out on just what exactly made these sideritic "coprolites"... but they certainly look like — well, we think you can tell. 💩
These specimens come from Early Cretaceous deposits in Central Madagascar and date back 100,000,000 years. While their formation is still up for debate, we've still had quite a bit of fun around the office with them and you can too!
For April Fools' day weekend, every cart over $25 is eligible for one small "coprolite" for free! Orders over $75 can upgrade to a single free large sized specimen!
Small: 0.5" to 1.0"
Large: 2.0" or longer
Please Note: All specimens ship in a bubble wrap bag with an included information card. They do NOT include a riker display case as they are meant for public 'display'.😂
📸 Dr. Science approved!
💩 FREE "POOP" DETAILS 💩
It's not a trick! Here's how it works:
1. Fill your cart to the desired size. ($25+ for free small poop, $75+ for free large poop)
2. ADD one Sideritic 'Coprolite' to your cart.
3. See the savings added automatically at checkout!
The $25/$75 threshold is based on the product total in your cart minus tax, shipping, and of course the "poop". Also, you can buy more if you like, but only one will be discounted.
Sideritic "coprolites" will only be available until Monday, April 3rd, 11:59 PM EST, so come get them while the April Fool's Day weekend is in full swing!
ℹ️ VERY IMPORTANT: We'd love to add this item magically to your cart but CrapGPT™ hasn't been enabled on our prehistoric shop just yet. Maybe some day we'll have an all-knowing AI dedicated to coprolite curation, so until that day comes make sure to add the specimen before you checkout.
Decoding the Geologic Record
When searching for information on long extinct creatures, the evidence scientists are faced with is both scant and contradictory. This particular specimen is one such example.
The exact nature of this item is still unclear. At first glance, it appears to be a piece of fossilized dung, matching modern turtles. The presence of iron has given it the classification of a "sideritic coprolite." However, an absence of food remnants suggests it may in fact be a trace fossil cast of an animal's intestinal tract, called a cololite. Some geologists reason that it could even be an unusual geologic formation rather than a fossil at all.
If you want to read more and find the latest research on these items, check out this study from 2022!
It's not often we find something that stumps us and other researchers. That's why we're pretty excited to share these! Based on the most current findings, we're leaning to the side of geologic formations, but if they turn out to be true coprolites then you can count yourself as one of the lucky folks who got a free fossil before it was cool! 😉
Brachaniec T, Środek D, Surmik D, Niedźwiedzki R, Georgalis GL, Płachno BJ, Duda P, Lukeneder A, Gorzelak P, Salamon MA. Comparative actualistic study hints at origins of alleged Miocene coprolites of Poland. PeerJ. 2022 Jul 4;10:e13652. doi: 10.7717/peerj.13652. PMID: 35811823; PMCID: PMC9261929.
Seilacher, Adolf, Marshall, Cynthia, Skinner, Catherine H, Tsuihiji, Takanobu. “A Fresh Look at Sideritic ‘Coprolites.’” Paleobiology, vol. 27, no. 1, Mar. 2001, pp. 7–13., https://doi.org/10.1666/0094-8373(2001)027<0007:aflasc>2.0.co;2.