Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Yes. That IS What You Think It Is

Celebrities and interior decorators (ha) will be lining up at Bonham's auction house this afternoon for a chance to bid on some rather unusual items. One lucky person will be going home with the skeleton of a prehistoric Russian cave bear. Another will soon be displaying a new set of giant beaver jaws in his living room. (Read more about the auction here.)

But for those of us who don't have twenty thousand dollars to throw away on beaver jaws or cave bears, there's always the humble coprolite. Yes, for little more than a few hundred dollars, you could be the proud owner of a fossilized lump of dinosaur poo.

In their natural state, coprolites may look like . . . well . . . dung, but give them a good polish and they can be quite lovely. In fact, one quick web search will confirm that coprolite jewelry is by no means uncommon.

Of course, coprolites are scientifically important because they help us understand the health and diets of the creatures that created them. So who knows? Maybe you could end up with a clue to the extinction of the dinosaurs sitting right on your coffee table!


Anonymous Sekrit7 said...

1st comment?
That is so weird, why would anyone want that stuff? And for so much money! I mean, showing a friend around your house: "Heres uor family picture-look at Brittney! She is so cute! And here we have our great great great great great (ect.) grandmothers necklace, a pricless family herloom. Ah, heres the most prized possesion"A peice of dinasour poo. And the most exciting part is it was 20, 000 freaking bucks!"

6:28 PM  
Blogger sakura said...

heh...heh.... how nice

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I seriously said "oh" after every sentence starting in the third paragraph.

When humans die out, will some future species be picking through /our/ dung? *shivers*


7:56 PM  
Blogger Muslim Irregular said...

That's nice... well more like freaky

it's kinda like 'what are the dinosaurs thinking about that'?

10:17 PM  
Blogger Cassie said...


On Friday I'm supposed to do an oral report on a current event, but I completely forgot... and now I have an awesome topic!


12:50 AM  
Blogger Muslim Irregular said...

cassie: my class has to do oral presentation every wednesday, you get more time to prepare!

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Marinovska said...

dinosaur poop? i don't know wether it's cool or disgusting


9:48 PM  
Anonymous E-star said...

Haha, I know somebody who would like to own it, ME! ;)

3:44 AM  
Anonymous ss chick said...

wow. how...interesting. i suppose. although styled the right way and worn with the right clothing/pattern/color/style/etc, some jewlery made out of dino poop could look pretty good.

12:43 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

lol, I thought that was a piese of a whale's heart! XD

10:30 PM  

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