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This man just set a new world record with his collection of dinosaur poop

News Agencies | First published: 13 November 2016, 14:10 IST
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A new Guinness World Record has been set for the largest collection of fossilised faeces, by a US national who has amassed a whopping 1,277 pieces of prehistoric poop from nine countries.

George Frandsen began his collection as a college student of palaeontology.

The 36-year-old history buff has collected poop from 15 states in the US and eight countries worldwide. His largest true-to-form coprolite, otherwise known as fossilised faeces, weighs a whopping 1.92 kg.

It was found in South Carolina and dates from the Miocene epoch, 23.8-5.3 million years ago. It was produced by a huge crocodilian species around six metres long.The coprolites are as hard as a rock and they have no smell.

As required by Guinness World Records, each piece in the collection was inspected by a professional palaeontologist to verify its authenticity.

The collection was documented at the South Florida Museum in the US. Frandsen's collection appears in the new Guinness World Records 2017 Edition.

--PTI

First published: 13 November 2016, 14:10 IST
 
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