Fossil Feces Hows Fishy Lunches from 200 Million Years Ago
Published:11 Nov.2020    Source:University of Bristol

A new study of coprolites, fossil feces, shows the detail of food webs in the ancient shallow seas around Bristol in south-west England. One hungry fish ate part of the head of another fish before snipping off the tail of a passing reptile.

Marie Cueille, a visiting student at the University of Bristol's School of Earth Sciences, was working on a collection of hundreds of fish fecess from the Rhaetian bone bed near Chipping Sodbury in South Gloucestershire, dated at 205 million years ago.