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Oh crap! Student loses research work
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LONDON (AFP) – A graduate student was left "reeling" after his university threw out a bag of lizard excrement he had spent seven years collecting in the rainforests of the Philippines, he said on Friday.

Daniel Bennett had collected 77 pounds of faeces of the rare butaan lizard during field work abroad, as part of his PhD research at Leeds University.

But he was devastated on returning from the Philippines to find that the bag, which was unmarked, had been thrown out with the rubbish in a clear-out of his laboratory.

"To some people it might have been just a bag of lizard s**t," he told Times Higher Education.

"But to me it represented seven years of painstaking work searching the rainforest with a team of reformed poachers to find the faeces of one of the world's largest, rarest and most mysterious lizards.

"Its loss left me reeling and altered the course of my life forever."

The butaan is closely related to the komodo dragon, although it is extremely reclusive, so methods usually used to study the komodo are not suitable for the butaan.

The University has offered him 500 pounds in compensation and an apology, after the student lodged an official complaint about the loss.

But Bennett says this is not enough, and has vowed to "see them in court".

"Whether it was the largest collection of lizard s**t in the world is uncertain," he said.

"But it certainly contained the only dietary sample from that little-known species Varanus olivaceus, and probably the most complete dietary record of any single population of animals in South East Asia."

In a statement the university said: "The loss of these samples was an unfortunate mistake. They were thrown away in error because they were in an unmarked bag.

"Lessons have been learned and protocols improved to ensure this cannot happen again. Mr Bennett is due to graduate with his PhD this year, subject to minor corrections to his thesis unrelated to the loss of the materials."


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If I had spent 7 years following a dang lizard around the jungle picking up all it's crap I think I would at least write my name on it!!!
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That's why I try to keep all my crap insured . . . . . in case something like that would happen. . . . . . . .

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Sounds like a place I used to clean. They would not let me clean this guys office. He complained until they finally gave in. Under his desk was a trash can full of papers. I emptied it. Came to me a couple of days later and wanted to know what happened to the stuff in the can. It was 7 years of his research on robotics. What do you do!!!

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Although I do feel crappy for the s****y situation this poor student is now in, we must remember to keep the lingo in check so that poop doesn't happen.

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Big damn lizard, that was 77lbs of crap! Wonder how that works on the roses?



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I bet it really hit the fan!
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Reminds me of the time some crude cad crashed a crib and copped a crate of carp crap.
Translation please!

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