Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Caecotrophic Pellets

Soft feces, produced in the cecum, of some mammals that ingest a high-cellulose diet. The pellets are ingested (a process referred to as refection or coprophagy) as they are eliminated, providing additional time for symbionts to break down cellulose. It has been proposed that one primate, Lepilemur, is a coprophage, suggesting caecotrophic pellets may be ingested.

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