Teacher’s Questions for Delving into Dung
- What could an animal’s dung reveal about its diet?
- Why would studying an endangered or rare animal’s droppings be an easier, safer or more practical way to learn more about these species?
- Why did Sam Wasser first become interested in studying animal droppings?
- List three things scientists can learn from an animal’s dung.
- Why does dung include an animal’s DNA?
- Explain why certain dogs are good at sniffing out scat.
- What important action did Wasser’s research in Brazil suggest farmers should take?
- Would GC levels rise or fall when whales are stressed or starved?
- Explain why dung beetles form manure balls.
- Give a likely reason why dung beetles sometimes “dance” on manure balls.
- What did Emily Baird’s silicone booties experiment suggest about dung beetle behavior?
- How can coprolites shed light on how an extinct species lived?
- What did the pollen that Jamie Wood discovered in the kakapo coprolites suggest?
- What is Wood’s hunch about kakapos and Hades flowers?
- Did reading this story change your mind about the importance of poop? Why or why not?
- What animal’s droppings might you be interested in studying? Explain your selection.
- Some communities are using DNA to identify dogs whose owners don’t scoop their poop. Would you want your community to use such a system? Why or why not?