Argentina world’s oldest giant prehistoric toilet

Argentina world’s oldest giant prehistoric toilet

Argentina is home to an enormous collective restroom or toilet made at the beginning of the dinosaurs, also being the world’s largest public toilet.

Many fossilised craps left by rhino-like megaherbivores were discovered bunched together, researchers say.

The 240-million-year-old site is the "planet's most ancient open can" and the first proof that antiquated reptiles imparted group dumping grounds.

The fertilizer holds intimations to ancient diet, illness and vegetation says a study in Scientific Reports.

Elephants, elands and stallions are around up to date creatures who poop in socially concurred hotspots - to check domain and diminish the spread of parasites.

Anyhow their earnest attempts are predominated by the gigantic scale of this restroom - which breaks the past record "eldest latrine" by
220 million years.

Fossil "coprolites" as wide as 40cm and weighing some kilograms were discovered in seven enormous fixes over the Chanares Formation in La Rioja region.

Some were frankfurter like, others unblemished ovals, in colours extending from whitish ash to dim tan violet.

"There is undoubtedly who the guilty party was," said Dr Lucas Fiorelli, of Crilar-Conicet, who revealed the manure stores.

One and only animal categories could handle such enormous knots - and we discovered their bones littered all over at the site.

Dicynodont The offenders were dicynodonts - aged megaherbivores.

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