Definition of paleofeces in US English:


plural noun

  • Desiccated prehistoric fecal matter, especially from humans.

    ‘sunflower-seed shells found in the paleofeces provide evidence that early American Indians in that region farmed the plants’
    Compare with coprolite
    • ‘Results indicate that all 12 paleofeces were probably deposited by males whose diet included a variety of native crops and wild plants.’
    • ‘The rich record of food, diet, and nutrition packed into paleofeces cannot be equaled in other data bases.’