Binomial Nomenclature was once used by some authors to classify coprolites but has been abandoned by most. Coprolites, like all fossils, can differ dramatically in terms of quality of preservation. They also differ in terms of morphology and composition and therefore the diet of their producers is variable as well. Accordingly, the same producer can produce different feces depending on food habits. Thus as the Linnaean system is used to classify species, many problems arise when trying to classify coprolites because one species is capable of producing vastly different fecal material.

   Other systems have been tried over the years and one such is to classify coprolites on their form and the matter they contain. Buckland classified coprolites using this system and identified such contents as, bones, fish scales, mollusk shells and other various indigestible or undigested remains.

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