Sunday, May 04, 2008

Coprolite: It's Dung-tastic!

Sorry about going on and on about the Liczbinski assassination, but it is obviously the news of the week in my department. However, if I don't post something different soon, may go insane - like the bidders in this story:

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some dinosaur dung was snapped up at auction in New York even as a 4.5 billion year old meteorite which was supposed to top the sale went unsold.

The two chunks of 130-million-year-old coprolite, otherwise known as fossilized dinosaur dung, fetched $960 at Bonhams in New York on Wednesday, the auction house said.

The Jurassic-era rocks were sold for more than double their maximum estimate, said spokeswoman Staci Smith.

A 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite, on which a Chinese desert hiker habitually ate lunch before he discovered it was valuable, failed to meet the minimum reserve however. (H/T - Reuters)

So, apparently, dinosaur poo is deemed more valuable than a 4.5 billion year old meteorite? That's ironic, since a meteorite was probably responsible for helping the dinosaurs into extinction.

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