(poo.PAWL.uh.gee) n. Whimsical name given to the study of animal feces, particularly coprolites — the mineralized feces of a dinosaur or other ancient animal.

Example Citation:
For five zookeepers from Hogtown, yesterday was to have been spent learning about everything from giraffe management to “poopology” at the opening day of the annual conference for the American Association of Zookeepers in New Orleans.
—Scott Roberts, “Toronto zookeepers in storm exodus,” The Toronto Star, August 29, 2005

Earliest Citation:
The 7.1-kilogram rock has been identified as the mineralized fecal remains left behind when a tyrannosaurus...relieved itself in a river delta 65 million years ago....‘It is the birth of the science of [comparative] poopology,’ Stanford University paleontologist and co-author Gregory Erickson said of the find‘s significance.
—Stephen Strauss, “Birth of a science: comparative poopology,” The Globe and Mail, June 18, 1998

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