[PW] Wombats' Cubic Poop.

Sue Watkins genealogy2018 at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 20 13:09:31 PST 2018


 Highly more interesting than the daily "poop" we get from the media these days. Thank you.
S Watkins=========================
    On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 6:29:53 AM AKST, brian whatcott <betwys1 at sbcglobal.net> wrote:  
 
 "Sculpting the poop into cuboid nuggets appears to be a finishing touch 
for the wombat digestive tract. Over a typical 30-meter-long wombat 
intestine, the poops take on distinct edges only in the last meter or 
so, Hu says. Up to that point, the waste is gradually solidifying as it 
moves through the gut.

The finished turds are especially dry and fibrous, which may help them 
retain their signature shape when they’re squeezed out, Yang suggests. 
They can be stacked or rolled like dice, standing up on any of their 
faces. (She knows. She tried it.)

In the wild, wombats deposit their droppings on top of rocks or logs as 
territory markers, sometimes forming small piles. They seem to prefer to 
poop in elevated spots, Hu says, but they’re also limited by their 
stubby legs.

To confirm that the elasticity variation really does form the cubes, 
Yang and Hu are now trying to model the wombat digestive tract using 
pantyhose."

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-wombats-poop-cubes?tgt=nr


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