Science fan gets world record for his huge collection of fossilised poop

Science fan gets world record for his huge collection of fossilised dinosaur poop

Published 10 November 2016

George Frandsen has earned a place in the new Guinness World Records 2017 Edition book for his rather unusual record-breaking collection.
 
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 The science fan is the proud owner of the world’s Largest collection of coprolite.
 
What is coprolite, you might be wondering? It's fossilised poop!
 
FACT: The term “Coprolite” comes from the Greek for “dung stone”.
 
George found his first piece in Utah in 1998, when he was on a camping trip as a young student.
 
 
The 36-year-old now has an amazing 1,277 individual coprolites.
 
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 George wanted his incredible collection to be recognised by Guinness World Records to raise awareness about the ability of fossilised poop to teach us about prehistoric life.
 
Did you know…? Coprolites are highly valued by palaeontologists (people who study fossils) for what they contain: materials such as bone and plant matter and pollen. These indicate the plants and animals that coexisted with the creature that deposited the dung, and reveal a lot about extinct ecosystems.
 
George’s favourite specimen is called “Precious”.
 
It was found in South Carolina and dates from the Miocene epoch, a staggering 23.8-5.3 million years ago!
 
It is naturally glossy, feels and smells like rock, and was produced by a huge crocodilian species around 6 metres (20 ft) long.
 
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 George's advice for people looking to set a world record: “Anyone looking to beat a Guinness World Records title needs to have passion, lots of passion for whatever they’re doing. Mine is coprolite ... whatever your passion is, you should follow it.”
 
George's record appears in the new Guinness World Records 2017 Edition book alongside loads of other jaw-dropping collections.
 
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