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The branch of paleontology dealing with the study of fossilized footprints, tracks, burrows, or other traces as evidence of the activities of the organisms that produced them.

[Greek ikhnos, footprint + -logy.]

ich′no·log′i·cal (-nə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
ich·nol′o·gist n.
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(Palaeontology) the study of trace fossils
[C19: from Greek ikhnos footprint, track]
ichnological adj
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the branch of paleontology that studies fossil footprints. Also called ichnolithology.ichnological, adj.
See also: Fossils
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Late Carboniferous paleoichnology reveals the oldest full-body impression of a flying insect.
Since then, the Agost section has been studied by numerous authors (e.g., von Hillebrandt, 1974; Groot et al., 1989; Smit, 1990; Canudo et al., 1991; Martinez-Ruiz et al, 1992, 1997; Ortega-Huertas et al, 1995, 1998; Molina et al, 1996, 2001; Pardo et al, 1996; Arenillas, 2000; Arz, 2000; Alegret, 2003; Alegret et al, 2003), who analysed the micropaleontology, paleoichnology, biostratigraphy, magnetostratigraphy, mineralogy and geochemistry.