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Dinosaur dung, other ancient finds go up for auction in NYC
Associated Press

These two specimens of Coprolite, or fossilized dinosaur dung, are among other geological artifacts that will be offered at auction by Bonhams in New York today.


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This a giant prehistoric beaver skull also will be put up for auction.


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The Fukang Meteorite, weighing more than a ton, also will be auctioned.


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Published: 4/30/2008 7:32 AM | Updated: 4/30/2008 7:34 AM

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NEW YORK -- It may look like a geologic find, but the three-pound red and white fossil heading for auction in New York is actually a pile of dinosaur dung.

Bonhams New York puts the prehistoric deposit up for sale Wednesday along with such items as a 30,000-year-old woolly mammoth tusk, a giant beaver skull and a skeleton of a Russian Cave Bear.

The dung looks like a rock on the outside and a colorful mineral inside. It's 130 million years old and is expected to sell for between $350 and $450.

The auction house is selling some items that are more than 438 million years old.

The priciest item up for sale is the Fukang Meteorite, which weighs almost a ton. Bonhams says it's expected to sell for more than $2.25 million.