We can’t say there was a time when we looked at the toilet bowl at the trunk we just dropped, and yet, “Wow, I wonder how this measures the scale of the world’s largest human poop?” But for some researchers, it seems that the issue of the largest human poop has been something that has prevented them for decades and only now are we seeing the fruits of their work.
It was revealed that the largest human poop dates back to the ninth century, with the Lloyds Bank coprolite believing it belonged to a Viking man. If you thought human thrushes were something that could only be thrown down the drain with hopeless abandonment, think again. This historical poo has come to captivate the scientific community, known simply as large paleofeces or coprolites, or a specimen of dried human manure.
It was discovered in the UK in 1972 when archaeologists from the York Archaeological Trust were excavating an area that was soon associated solely with giant poop. To the mere mortal it may have just appeared as a monstrosity, but these discoveries were captivated by the discovery. The specimen was handed over to officials who did extensive testing and found it to be 20 cm long and 5 cm wide; yes it is great.
Through feces, researchers were also able to determine exactly what the man ate. They were able to discover that the poo is derived from a diet mainly of meat and bread, with the outside described as “wet and peaty”, a mental image that we would rather do without, thank you very much.
The researchers found “several hundred parasitic eggs” in the poop, which led them to believe that the man who did it was not in the best shape. Rather, it appeared to be full of intestinal worms. Gill Snape, a Conservative student in collaboration with the York Archaeological Trust, explained: “Probably, whoever went through it hadn’t acted for a few days. This boy had very itchy entrails.
If all of this weren’t enough to prove the value of this piece of poop, know that in 1991, York Archaeological Trust worker and paleoscathologist Dr. Andrew Jones said, “This is the most exciting piece of excrement that I have never seen. In its own way, it is as irreplaceable as the jewels of the crown ”.
The poop is currently housed at the York Archaeological Resource Center.