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Scoop On Poop
When scientists around the world think of dung, they think of Jim Mead. Mead, a researcher at Northern Arizona University, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on animal dung, and he’s got the poop to prove it.
“You have got to laugh at this bizarre resource,” says Mead, director of NAU’s Laboratory of Quaternary Paleontology. “Although I don’t think anyone is keeping track, I suspect we have the largest comparative animal dung collection in the world. If someone needs to identify dung, they send it to me.”
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