Washington | A new Guinness World Record has been set for the largest collection of fossilised faeces, by a man in the US who has amassed a whopping 1,277 pieces of prehistoric poo from nine countries.
George Frandsen began his collection as a college student of palaeontology.
The 36-year-old history buff has collected poop from 15 states in the US and eight countries worldwide.
His largest true-to-form coprolite, otherwise known as fossilised faeces, weighs a whopping 1.92 kg.
It was found in South Carolina and dates from the Miocene epoch, 23.8-5.3 million years ago. It was produced by a huge crocodilian species around six metres long.
The coprolites are as hard as a rock and they have no smell.
As required by Guinness World Records, each piece in the collection was inspected by a professional palaeontologist to verify its authenticity.
The collection was documented at the South Florida Museum in the US.
Frandsen’s collection appears in the new Guinness World Records 2017 Edition.
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