Coprolite of a durophagous carnivore from the Upper Cretaceous Godula Beds, Outer Western Carpathians, Poland

Piotr Bajdek

Abstract


The Upper Cretaceous turbidite sandstones of the Godula Beds at Międzybrodzie Bialskie, Outer Western Carpathians, Poland, yielded a specimen here interpreted as a coprolite due to its elongated morphology and a high content of fragmented inoceramid shells. The coprolite was produced by a durophagous carnivore, which was most likely a teleost fish, or possibly a reptile. Coprolites are therefore confirmed to have a potential utility as aggregations of body fossils in macrofossil-poor sedimentary rocks, exemplified by the Godula Beds

 


Keywords


coprolite; feces content; taphonomy; turbidite sandstone; Cretaceous

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