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As a layman, we can all marvel in humanity’s faecal variety, but it might surprise you that, in recent years, archaeologists have been developing a bit of an excrement obsession.

It turns out that we can learn a lot about our ancestors from their toilet deposits. Civilisations come and go and cultures rise and fall but humans have always pooed. Sanitation services that remove bottom garbage from the environment are a relatively recent invention so, for most of human history, poo remained where it was deposited….


archaeology, fossils, science, geeks, history, feces, poo, coprolites

I have been writing and illustrating my MetroCosm science column since 2005, which was been shortlisted for the 2010 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Best Space Reporting and the 2011 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Achievement in Space Media.
I have written books for Dorling Kindersley and am currently writing and illustrating a new science book for Octopus.
You can follow me on twitter @GilliCosm

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  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonabout 1 year ago

    Your Cool Shirt Design is featured at Cutting Edge!

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    Great work!
    Congratulations, Ben!
    Funny! Love it!

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...about 1 year ago

    Fun tee . . . congrats on the feature!

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersabout 1 year ago

    lol . . .

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