The Science of Fossil Poop and Puke

Did you know that technically, the name 'dinosaur' is a rebrand? The original name was a lot more… wrinkly. In this episode we discuss how to name fossils and some of the funniest fossil names we could find. 

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Cursing. Discussion of European colonization and Native Americans. Many references to genitalia. 


Hunt, A. P., & Lucas, S. G. (2021). The ichnology of vertebrate consumption: Dentalites, gastroliths and bromalites (Vol. 87). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

Freimuth, W. J., Varricchio, D. J., Brannick, A. L., Weaver, L. N., & Wilson Mantilla, G. P. (2021). Mammal‐bearing gastric pellets potentially attributable to Troodon formosus at the Cretaceous Egg Mountain locality, Two Medicine Formation, Montana, USA. Palaeontology, 64(5), 699-725. 

Lucas, S. G., Fillmore, D. L., & Simpson, E. L. (2010). Amphibian body impressions from the Mississippian of Pennsylvania, USA. Ichnos, 17(3), 172-176.

Jiang, S., Wang, X., Zheng, X., Cheng, X., Wang, X., Wei, G., & Kellner, A. W. (2022). Two emetolite-pterosaur associations from the Late Jurassic of China: showing the first evidence for antiperistalsis in pterosaurs. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 377(1847), 20210043.

Lockley MG, Meyer C. Dinosaur tracks and other fossil footprints of Europe. New York: Columbia University Press; 2000. [A picture of Hermunderichnus is in here]

Walter H, Werneburg R. Über Liegesupren (Cubichnia) aquatischer Tetrapoden (?Diplocauliden, Nectridea) aus den Rotteroder Schichten (Rotliegendes, Thüringer Wald/DDR). Freib Forschungsheft. 1988;419: 96–106. [this is a source for Hermunderichnus, which is hard to find]