First record of a vertebrate coprolite from the Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) chalk of Stevns Klint Denmark

Jesper Milàn, Adrian P. Hunt, Jan Schulz Adolfssen, Bo W. Rasmussen, Morten Bjerager

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    Abstract

    The first vertebrate coprolite from the Upper Maastrichtian chalk of Denmark is described. The coprolite is 31 mm long, with a maximum diameter of 11 mm. Computed Tomography scanning of the specimen shows / revealed the internal structure to be tightly coiled, suggesting that the coprolite originates from a small shark with an estimated total length not exceeding 1.2 meters. Coprolites are normally found in abundance in marine deposits worldwide, so the lack of recorded findings from the Danish chalk probably reflects a collecting bias; collectors have simply failed to recognize them.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFossil record 4
    EditorsRobert M. Sullivan, Spencer G. Lucas
    Place of PublicationAlbuquerque
    PublisherNew Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
    Pages227-230
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Publication series

    NameNew Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin
    Volume67
    ISSN (Print)1524-4156

    Programme Area

    • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources

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