Wildlife ecologist Dr. Scott Carver made the accidental discovery while dissecting a wombat cadaver. (His original intention was to find better ways of treating mange in wombats.)
Scientists Figured Out Why Wombats Have Cube-Shaped Poop
Some exciting, hard-hitting poop news has just come out of Australia: Scientists at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) have figured out how, exactly, wombats make their legendary cube-shaped feces. The scientists say the cubes form inside the wombat’s extraordinarily long intestines, which vary in hardness. This finding makes the previous theory describing wombats’ cubic poops—that they form upon exit—obsolete.