Paleoscatology: Prying DNA from dated dung
Genes preserved in the dung of an extinct ground sloth reveal the animals diet.
From Science News, Vol. 154, No. 3, July 18, 1998, p. 38.
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Poinar, H.N., et al. 1998. Molecular coproscopy: Dung and diet of the extinct ground sloth Nothrotheriops shastensis. Science 281(July 17):402.
Monastersky, R. 1998. Getting the scoop from the poop of T. rex. Science News 153(June 20):391.
Hendrik N. Poinar
University of Munich
Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Zoological Institute
D-80333 Munich Germany
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