Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Cubular Poop



Cubular poop you ask? Yes, the wombat is the only creature on Earth that produces cube-shaped poop.

Why Is Wombat Poop Cube-shaped?

In the past, we thought that the wombat produced cubic poop as a result of its diet and long digestion. The cubic poop was the perfect shape for marking territory by sitting on top of rocks and logs as it didn't roll away. Poop, scientists thought, can be clever, too.

Now thanks to researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology, Patricia Yang, scientists believe it may have more to do with an irregularly shaped intestine unique to wombats.

I must leave you with this quote from Patricia Yang: "Cubes are very rare in nature. We currently have only two methods to manufacture cubes,” she said, explaining that humans either mold cubes from soft materials, or cut them from harder objects.

“Wombats have a third way.”

I found this post fascinating.

6 comments:

Sandee said...

I love wombats and I didn't know this. Way cool.

I linked this post to Happy Tuesday.

Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. ♥

Kid said...

It is interesting.

cube said...

Sandee: I didn't know how much I would like wombats until I read this story. I may have to rethink my spirit animal decision. That is going to be under discussion for a while. Time will tell.

cube said...

Kid: Wow. That sounds like what my sister-in-law's stuffy great aunt would say about this.

messymimi said...

Wombats need a closer look in my world.

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