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Karen Chin is an American paleontologist and taphonomist who is considered one of the world's leading experts in coprolites.[2][3][4][5]

Karen Chin
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
Known forcoprolite research[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Colorado, Boulder and Curator of Paleontology, University of Colorado Museum
Doctoral advisorBruce H. Tiffney

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Chin, K., Hartman, J.H., and Roth, B. 2009. Opportunistic exploitation of dinosaur dung: fossil snails in coprolites from the Upper Cretaceous Two Medicine Formation of Montana. Lethaia 42: 185-198.
  • Chin, K., Bloch, J.D., Sweet, A.R., Tweet, J.S., Eberle, J.J., Cumbaa, S.L., Witkowski, J., and Harwood, D.M. 2008. Life in a temperate polar sea: a unique taphonomic window on the structure of a Late Cretaceous Arctic marine ecosystem. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 275: 2675-2685.
  • Tweet, J.S., Chin, K., Braman, D.R., and Murphy, N.L. 2008. Probable gut contents within a specimen of Brachylophosaurus canadensis (Dinosauria: Hadrosauridae) from the Upper Cretaceous Judith River Formation of Montana. Palaios 23: 625-636.
  • Chin, K. 2007. The paleobiological implications of herbivorous dinosaur coprolites from the Upper Cretaceous Two Medicine Formation of Montana: why eat wood? Palaios 22: 554-566.
  • Chin, K., and Bishop, J. 2007. Exploited twice: bored bone in a theropod coprolite from the Jurassic Morrison Formation of Utah, USA. In: Bromley, R.G., Buatois, L.A., Mángano, M.G., Genise, J.F., and Melchor, R.N. [eds.], Sediment-Organism Interactions: A Multifaceted Ichnology. SEPM Special Publications, v. 88, pp. 377–385.
  • Chin, K., Tokaryk, T.T., Erickson, G.M., Calk, L.C., 1998, A king-sized theropod coprolite, Naturev. 393, pp. 680–682.


  1. ^ Human, Katy (October 30, 2006). "Inside dinosaur poop". Denver Post.
  2. ^ Wright, Karen (June 1, 1996). "What the Dinosaurs Left Us". Discover Magazine.
  3. ^ "The Paleontology Portal".
  4. ^ "UCSB Science Line sqtest".
  5. ^ Markey, Sean (March 12, 2003). "Dino Dung: Paleontology's Next Frontier?". National Geographic News.