Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Yes. That IS What You Think It Is
Celebrities and interior decorators (ha) will be lining up at Bonham's auction house this afternoon for a chance to bid on some rather unusual items. One lucky person will be going home with the skeleton of a prehistoric Russian cave bear. Another will soon be displaying a new set of giant beaver jaws in his living room. (Read more about the auction here.)
But for those of us who don't have twenty thousand dollars to throw away on beaver jaws or cave bears, there's always the humble coprolite. Yes, for little more than a few hundred dollars, you could be the proud owner of a fossilized lump of dinosaur poo.
In their natural state, coprolites may look like . . . well . . . dung, but give them a good polish and they can be quite lovely. In fact, one quick web search will confirm that coprolite jewelry is by no means uncommon.
Of course, coprolites are scientifically important because they help us understand the health and diets of the creatures that created them. So who knows? Maybe you could end up with a clue to the extinction of the dinosaurs sitting right on your coffee table!