As a matter of fact, the first coprolites found were originally thought to have been fossilized fir cones. They were found by William Buckland in the Lias of Lyme Regis, England. Buckland was henceforth probably the first scientist to describe and interpret the origin of these trace fossils.

   However, During the 17th century, it is mentioned that there was a man by the name of Lister, who found some fossilized excrements. He even related some of them to the intestinal tracts of animals. So Buckland may have been the first scientist to describe coprolites, but someone else carries the honors of first finding them.

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