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Enormous dinosaur poops show that even herbivores ate shellfish

Plus a heaping portion of decayed wood for fiber.
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Om nom nom

Everyone cheats on their diets—dinosaurs were no exception. What large vegetarian ornithischian could resist the sweet crunch of crustacean shells embedded in dense, soft, decaying wood? It’s a dinosaurian delicacy that paleontologists have just uncovered.

Per usual, fossilized feces came to the rescue. You can learn a lot from , fresh or otherwise, but it's especially helpful in its, where they got their fashion trend alerts; these things are all hard to discern from the fossil record. So ancient poops, known more professionally as coprolites, can be very useful indeed. And to think, you just flush yours down a .

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