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Can you tell I’m an Elton John fan? It’s no wonder I grew up to love coprolites listening to a singer that changed his last name to John.
Okay, let's get serious. Because of the location in which it was found and it's size, shape, and lack of inclusions, this coprolite is thought to be from a crocodile. Did you know scientists did a study to determine that you can estimate the length of a crocodilian (alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharials) based on the diameter of its poop? It's true! The formula is:
[Coprolite Diameter (cm) - 1.10]/0.012 = Croc's Length (cm)
So let's see how big the croc was that ejected this beauty. Since coprolites rarely have a circular cross section I usually first measure the circumference. In this case, the circumference is approximately 21 cm. Since circumference/π = diameter:
21/π = 6.68 cm
We can now plug that into our formula:
[6.68-1.10]/0.012 = 465 cm
So if this coprolite was produced by a crocodile, the animal was approximately 465 cm (or 15 ft) long!