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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-02-12 05:16
Subject: [cool|photos] Shit that comes in the mail
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Tags:cancer, cool, health, nature, photos, weird
Yesterday was an interesting mail day. [info]elisem sent me a coprolite.

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150 million year old fossilized poop!

I think I've passed a few of these the course of my own chemo journey. And Elise rocks. (So to speak...)

At the same time, Tom Kaye, through the good offices of Amazing Stories, sent me some more coprolites.

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65 million year old fossilized dinosaur poop!

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35 million year old fossilized mammal poop!

And since anything worth doing well is worth doing to wretched excess, Tom and Amazing Stories sent along a few bonus items.

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65 million year old hadrosaur tooth

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35 million year old oreodont jaw

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125 million year old dinosaur stone — I at first thought this was a bezoar, but I then realized it's probably a gizzard stone

So last night, we sat around and fooled with these objects which are acheingly old. And cool. And strange. Holding deep time in your hands is an amazing thing.

Because everyone with a severely disrupted lower GI tract needs stone poop to remind them of who and what they are. This is cool.

Thank you Elise, Tom and Amazing Stories. Thank you so much.




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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2013-02-12 14:00 (UTC)
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That's some tough shit.
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Julie, JulieInTheGreen, "Squire!": Squee
User: brickhousewench
Date: 2013-02-12 14:42 (UTC)
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Keyword:Squee
Dinosaur poop!

It's silly the things that totally thrill you. =D

*grins like an idiot*
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Jay Lake: happy-niece
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-02-12 14:47 (UTC)
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Oh, yeah. ;D
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mmegaera
User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-02-12 20:58 (UTC)
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You and my friend the paleontologist would have a good time together (this is the man, who, while watching Branagh's movie of Hamlet, leaned over and whispered plaintively in my ear (during the "how all occasions" speech, set against a backdrop of lovely snow-capped mountains), "how'd he get to Norway?").

He also collected dead seals (for comparative anatomy -- his thing was ancient mammals), but that's another story altogether [g].
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2013-02-15 00:59 (UTC)
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I bought myself a coprolite and put it on my writing computer a little over a year ago as a reminder not to take myself so seriously.
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