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The biologically oriented study of excrement. Tag should be used for questions related solely to feces without the question expressly asking about vertebrate digestion or pathological conditions related to the gastrointestinal system. Questions of such nature should not be tagged as human-physiology, physiology, human-biology, etc.

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What happens to fecal matter if it's continually re-eaten?

After class today, the topic of eating one's one fecal matter came up. There was a sharp divide as to how people thought the defecations would change. I realize this is a bit of an odd question but ...
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What determines excrement's caliber?

Often, pieces of feces have a clearly-defined shape and size — both length and width (that is, cross-sectional diameter, or caliber). But that width seems to vary quite a bit, even among pieces ...
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Why do feces vary so little in color?

Why do feces vary in color so much less than the food they are results of? E.g. you may eat food of all kinds of different colors but the resulting feces will almost always be some shade of brown.
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What made this pile of tiny poops at the base of an old oak? Eastern Long Island, NY

I ran across three trees (all with cavities) that had mounds of these small droppings at their base. These were approximately 50-100 meters from the shore of a salt marsh on the east end of long ...
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How much does dry moose scat weigh and vary in dry weight?

I am in the early stages of designing a study involving a moose (Alces alces) population. One of the important objects of measure are their moose pellets, which I want to take a battery of ...
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Water consumption of the average housefly

So, I have this question: How much water does the common fly consume in its lifetime? I was able to find the following facts: Born from swine waste under 40% (waste to water ratio) Lifespan of 15-25 ...
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Quantifying species detection probability using sign surveys as a function of distance in known occupied sites

I ran a pilot study to determine the probability of detecting a rare African small carnivore using scat (feces) detection dog surveys to assist with future population monitoring and occupancy surveys. ...
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