One of the factors that makes palaeontology such a popular science is its constant ability to surprise us. It seems almost every week that a new study is released that significantly adds to our understanding of ancient life. This could be in relation to a new species, a new analysis or new fossil locality. In this episode, we discuss a new discovery that not only yields a new species, but also provides direct dietary evidence and has us re-evaluating the potential for food to be preserved in coprolites (fossilised droppings).
In this first part of the interview, we provide the context for the discovery, discussing the study of coprolites and of beetles and in the second part we look at the significance of the find for the study of dinosaurs, beetles and coprolites.
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