ichnology definition

  • noun:
    • The branch of paleontology coping with the research of fossilized footprints, tracks, burrows, or other traces as evidence of those activities associated with the organisms that produced them.
    • A branch of paleontology focused on the analysis of trace fossils. It may be divided in to paleoichnology and neoichnology.
    • The part of research which treats of fossil footprints.
    • That branch of paleontology which treats of fossil footprints; the research of fossil footprints; the analysis of those animals which are understood only by their footprints.

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