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What Can You Learn From Ancient Poop?

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Fossilized poop, called coprolites, can reveal surprising secrets about the past. Subscribe! http://bit.ly/1FkxVLb ‖ Twitter! https://twitter.com/gross_science ‖ Tumblr! http://grossscience.tumblr.com/ ↓Want more info?↓ More on Coprolite preservation and analysis: University of California Museum of Paleontology: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/paleo/fossils/coprol.html Daniel Lametti, Slate: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/explainer/201 Karl Reinhard: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1043&context=natrespapers Karen Chin, Paleontological Society Papers, V8 2002: http://www.yale.edu/ypmip/predation/Chapter_02.pdf For more on the Lloyds Bank turd from York, UK (Viking coprolite): http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/51Et55R_RuCmabtTgQllzQ http://www.buzzfeed.com/alexkasprak/is-this-the-largest-viking-turd-ever-found http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/jun/06/artsandhumanities.arts1 Review paper about plant and animal remains in ancient york: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/1174/ Coprolites found in Puerto Rico: Nature News article by Sara Reardon: http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-faeces-reveal-origins-of-puerto-rican-natives-1.15203 Primary research papers: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0106833 and http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0065191 Cangrande della Scala’s poison-filled coprolites: Primary research paper (behind a paywall): http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305440314004580 Discovery news coverage: http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/mummy-poo-solves-700-year-old-murder-mystery-150110.htm -- Host, Producer Anna Rothschild Writer, Animator, Editor, DP, Sound Rachel Becker Many thanks to Dr. Dennis Jenkins, Dr. Karen Chin, Dr. Hendrik Poinar, Dr. Andrew Knoll, and Dr. Ainara Sistiaga. Menu Ouvrier Music Provided by APM Images and Video Lloydsbankcoprolite 001 Wikimedia Commons/ Linda Spashett Storye book Stone texture l1 DeviantArt/enframed (Stock-unrestricted) Cangrande1 (mummy) Wikimedia Commons/Gino Fornaciairi Cangrande.portrait Wikimedia Commons/Frn Brz spetti di vita quotidiana, vomito,Taccuino Sanitatis (Vomiting man) Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain Matricaria recutita (chamomile) Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain Morus alba Blanco1 (mulberry) Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain SFX Cockroaches Freesound/StateAardvark¬ (used with permission from author) Squeak Pack/squeak_10 Freesound/Corsica_S Groaning gurgle SoundsExciting/Public Domain Short Fart_01 DSISStudios/Public Domain Pop Anagar/Public Domain Squelch Billox30/Public Domain Additional adorable sound effects Rachel Becker Produced by WGBH for PBS Digital Studios
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Text Comments (103)
love that turd
David fricker (6 months ago)
Hay .
pro.tect (9 months ago)
*HOW DO PEOPLE FIND THIS STUFF?*
itsafish nibba (10 months ago)
When I was 6 and up i had a dog that said we after every word
🌻Y.E.L.L.O.W🌻 (10 months ago)
spicy boi uh what? 😂
ZenXXII (11 months ago)
Who else is watching this while eating dinner?
dead memes (11 months ago)
1:04 when u hold in ur poop for so long and finally go to the bathroom
Tammy Cornejo (11 months ago)
I have a splendid coprolite if you would like to see let me know Tammy
SriHarsha Bhogi (1 year ago)
I like your "ew", Anna...
Hollie Moodie (1 year ago)
I would like to take my ancestor's poo and make it into jewelry. That way I can have a connection to my past forever.
MochiCream YTTM (1 year ago)
When I went to the most I saw dinosaur poop
Ay I'm Puerto Rican! Shout out 2 my boriquas!
J Jackson (1 year ago)
What can we learn from dinosaur coprolites?
Aj Jingco (1 year ago)
Just as long as you flash your toilet and use soap after your done pooping!
buble lily YT (1 year ago)
yay I live in puerto rico
TheGamingDerp (1 year ago)
i am new i now love this chanell
Xinyan Niu (1 year ago)
now i kind of want to make my poop coprlites
Dezanay Grier (2 years ago)
Where exactly in England did they go find that huge old crap?
P Johnson (1 year ago)
York. They call it the "Lloyds Bank Turd" (the coprolite, not the bank manager. ;O)
theindian girl (2 years ago)
Hey Anna, i love your channel, fascinating, informative especially the animation which is very humorous. I had a question for you, little off the track, from where did you get the top that you are wearing? I had seen you wearing a similar pattern/design top in of your videos. I find the pattern and design very similar to the tops that we get here, a bit of Indian touch. We do wear such cotton tops in hot summer. :)
Kauan R. M. Klein (2 years ago)
This is one for you stoners: what if our whole planet is a coprolite from some giant thing that lives out there, and we've evolved from the microbes in it?
critterfreek82 (2 years ago)
Damn, my Norse ancestors pinched off some major loaves indeed.
Greek Goddess (2 years ago)
Woop woop Puerto Rico is here😃😃😃 Thank you for mentioning us
Francisco Rodriguez (2 years ago)
At around 2:05 when Anna said, "...vomiting and diarrhea," I literally laughed out loud.
Rafael Velez (2 years ago)
I live in Puerto Rico :0
SlyPearTree (2 years ago)
Gives a whole new meaning to the "It's OK to be smart" "I did a science" T-Shirt.
kb csDJvno \]][,. (2 years ago)
Ignacio M Larrinua7332 Bramblewood Lane, Indianapolis, Indiana 46254 (317) 293-6872 is a is a researcher compiling a Coprolite Genome Project.
Neo Lee (3 years ago)
I just want to say I'm madly in love with you and totally you #101 fan, and i just love your enthusiasm and strong passion for science especially your outrageous facial expressions!
Jacynth Atienza (3 years ago)
I'll never collect stones again... You'll never know..
Eldia Vernelus (3 years ago)
ew
fooseballs308 (3 years ago)
Raganr Lothbrok's turds are so dangerous they have to be strapped down.
Mecju (3 years ago)
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santy (3 years ago)
nice channel...!
Smoke your pack. (3 years ago)
Oh crap
cjrussell (3 years ago)
+Funny Gaming2235 lol
AugieDog08 (3 years ago)
THATS JUST GROSS!!!!!!
Ms.gshunw (3 years ago)
I have watched a number of these videos and this is the first one that has truly grossed me out. It doesn't help that I'm eating a 5 layers bean dip either....
cjrussell (3 years ago)
+gshunw I was drinking chocolate milk...
casually crunch (3 years ago)
That Viking poop was giant 💩💩💩
Seshtinies child (3 years ago)
this is discusting why would u even make this like what the helll is wrong with you this is weird and wrong it should have never been ulloaded who cares about viking poo :-/
Volound (3 years ago)
did you get your teeth whitened between the last video and this one? cant help but notice.
ItzSlime YT (3 years ago)
that's ewww
Steve Johnston (3 years ago)
Your channel is Pooperific!!!  Learning lots of ewwwwie stuff thanks!!
Lulu Swiftie 25 (3 years ago)
My class watched this video in science! We love gross science ( :
Gross Science (3 years ago)
I'm so glad! Let me know if there's anything you'd like me to make a video about :)
Jose Chaparro (3 years ago)
lol proper gross, Anna
Marnige (3 years ago)
What are coprolites? ~Michael Stevens(vsauce)
kerrt (3 years ago)
Everyone poops.
Bong Kyu Choung (3 years ago)
In Chinese medicine, there is a way to diagnose King's health by tasting his poops.
Bong Kyu Choung (3 years ago)
In Korea, accoding to historic records, the doctors called King's poop as "Mae-Hwa" (meaning: apricot blossom) and they examine the MaeHwa by color, texture, smell and taste in relation to his diets.
Giù Re (3 years ago)
your Italian pronunciation is terrible and adorable at the same time!
Gross Science (3 years ago)
Ha, I'm glad it's at least adorable! I knew I was butchering that beautiful language :)
Jessica Stallings (3 years ago)
Just discovered this channel, really enjoy all your videos!
Nathan Jeffs (3 years ago)
I've seen some huge turds, I work with a 180 lb. turd everyday !
Daichi Manatsu (3 years ago)
The poor viking , I think his butt fell off ;-; BTW love this channel.
Ashley Sherratt (3 years ago)
and great channel too
Ashley Sherratt (3 years ago)
cool video
Forensic (3 years ago)
Can I have your poop?
YoungFoolsLearn (3 years ago)
Nice!
Captain Taha (3 years ago)
I love this channel babe
Osiris Mena (3 years ago)
so, how many kurics was that viking poop?
multianime1 (3 years ago)
I looove your channel, I'm like a kid who runs to watch his favorite program, haha. Greetings from Chile!! :DD
Gross Science (3 years ago)
That is so great to hear! Thank you!
Stop screaming Studios (3 years ago)
POOP FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was really gross out and fascinated ar the same time
Marcello Branca (3 years ago)
this channel is very eeew :D
AudrinaOralay (3 years ago)
I clicked on this episode in part because the current Viking's Exhibition at the Field Museum in Chicago has some Viking turds on display which I found very interesting (I also just love the show). I was surprised but very pleased to learn more about viking turds. Is there a particular reason you meantioned the Vikings so prominently? Did they leave better sewer remains than other early medieval groups? I'll read the links you posted but I'm curious to hear what you found as well. :) Thanks for another cool video!
kb csDJvno \]][,. (2 years ago)
Mormon Coprolite Project, 5691 West 5300 South, Hooper, Utah 84315-9566 801-660-7028, 801-985-9815   [email protected] Blaine C. Odenwalder, Brent C. Odenwalder, Clint Dean Odenwalder, Kevin Jay Odenwalder, Kristen Michelle Odenwalder, Laura Odenwalder, Lisa J. Odenwalder, Michelle Denise Odenwalder , Micky Sue Odenwalder, Rex C. Odenwalder, Scott Brent Odenwalder.
Dorian Hunter (3 years ago)
The question is: What can't you learn from any kind of poop?!
Sammy Holden (3 years ago)
Once again, great job!
Gross Science (3 years ago)
+S a m m y H o l d e n Thank you!
Christopher Willis (3 years ago)
How do you tell the difference between a coprolite and an ordinary mineral....taste.
Emad Uddin (3 years ago)
Love this channel!
Brian O'Meara (3 years ago)
An 8 inch turd!!?  sounds like a load of shite to me
Sven Hesse (3 years ago)
I wonder if I can use that to get around toilet cleaning duties... ;)
James Craver (3 years ago)
#confession When you said nugget, I burst out laughing
CLICK NOW | | v #DontmakeDucktalesameme ok I'm sorry
Calvin Zero (3 years ago)
well i just step on some "archaeological record" this morning... damn dogs..
🌻Y.E.L.L.O.W🌻 (10 months ago)
Calvin Zero lol I swear
makraiz (3 years ago)
"There are a few ways poop manages to stick around for posterity." Loved that line!  Another great video from my favorite science channel.  Thanks for doing what you do!
TheGamingDerp (1 year ago)
i love your chanell
Gross Science (3 years ago)
+makraiz Thank you for watching!
Caveman712 (3 years ago)
anyone watching this video while eating? i did :)
Average Person (3 years ago)
Dinosaur coprolite look just like rocks. In one of the classes I took last year we were talking about fossils so our teacher passes around Amber, molds, Ect. She even passed around a coprolite without telling us until after wards where half the class wanted to vomit >.<
Calvin Zero (3 years ago)
+Sid3aff3ct like other fossil... fossilize poop is more rock than poop... so apparently half of your class is really easy to gross out...
Decio Galassi Filho (3 years ago)
+Gross Science That was a huge gigantic Viking’s turd. LOL. Way to go, a great and disgusting video as I expected ... Regards !
Marcia Bartusiak (3 years ago)
That poor Viking.  Ouch!
Ryan Drewrey (3 years ago)
Brb - gotta send the future some data
🌻Y.E.L.L.O.W🌻 (10 months ago)
Oml😂😂
Princesspup1215 Owo (2 years ago)
Ryan Drewrey ha😂
Adam S (3 years ago)
lol
I'm Jaime Rivera (3 years ago)
They say everyday someone broke the record for the largest turd. That Viking must have hold the record for a millenia.
agustin venegas (3 years ago)
How can someone make such a long piece of shit?!
Blinky Lass (3 years ago)
+agustin venegas World record.
agustin venegas (3 years ago)
+ZyTelevan WR?
Matthew Spencer (3 years ago)
I thought things needed millions of years to be fossilized. Can someone explain?
Kaleb Negussie (3 years ago)
Love this channel
Gross Science (3 years ago)
+Kaleb Negussie Thank you, Kaleb!
There needs to be a word that's a portmanteau of gross and fascinating. Grossinating. Disgustinating? fascgusting?
+International Space Station I like Disgustinating
Jesus Ruiz (3 years ago)
can you do a video if you get elergect
+Gross Science Ahahahaha xD Yay :P
Gross Science (3 years ago)
+Mandelbrot Set Oh man, those are all good. I will see if I can sneak one into an upcoming video :)

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