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On the origin of faeces (not my joke - some wag published a paper with this title a few years ago): I imagine that this was provided by a small mammal, e.g. a stoat or pine marten. The beech leaf gives an idea of the size.


Fairly open woodland, beech trees and conifers.


I have seen heaps like this many times in this area.

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TraceyRunciman 8 years ago

Thanks Selma. I'm afraid that I do not have the facilities to perform such detailed analysis, but it is interesting to know that such techniques can determine so much.

TraceyRunciman 8 years ago

Would a chemical analsysis be required to determine the gender?

TraceyRunciman 8 years ago

Hi Selma,

Thanks. I'm sure that it is something like that. Perhaps the animal stands upright, rather like a meerkat, to look out for food or danger.

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