trace fossil


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trace fossil

n.
A fossil consisting of an imprint or mark left by an organism, such as a footprint or a tunnel, in contrast to a fossil of an organism's remains.

trace fossil

n
(Palaeontology) the fossilized remains of a track, trail, footprint, burrow, etc, of an organism

trace′ fos`sil


n.
a fossilized track, trail, burrow, boring, or other structure in sedimentary rock that records the presence or behavior of the organism that made it.
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The most common trace fossil is Ophiomorpha, followed by Gyrolithes, Rosselia, Diplocraterion and Skolithos, and scarce Asterosoma.
The most familiar, if not the most common, are footprints Dinosaur tracks like this one, probably from a small ornithopod in Australia, are just one of many kinds of trace fossil.
The interpretation by Mufiiz et al (2010) that the trace fossil Trypanites ionasi was caused by an Osedax-likc animal is not supported by our evidence.
The associated monospecific, sporadic, simple burrowing, infaunal trace fossil Skolithos Haldeman 1840, as well as the presence of the putative horseshoe crab trackway on the same bedding surface as a previously documented ancestral horseshoe crab, strongly suggests a marginal marine-brackish water origin for the strata.
Palaeoecology and diversity of endosymbionts in Palaeozoic marine invertebrates: Trace fossil evidence.
rosea shells form distinct traces, comparable to the trace fossil Caulostrepsis (Rodrigues et al.
The lack of stratigraphic control makes inferring trace fossil associations and establishing ichnofacies difficult, especially since most of the fossil-bearing slabs are small and consequently preserve only a few traces each.
Trace fossil assemblages at the Ardanatz Sandstone and Ilundain Marl formations, with dominance of Thalassinoides and Ophiomorpha, could be related to the Cruziana ichnofacies.
The trace fossil samples with Zoophycos burrows were photographed with scale bar using Nikon D7000.
Remarks: Dactylophycus is a relatively rare trace fossil having been reported from Upper Ordovician shallow-water marine deposits in the Cincinnati area, Ohio (Miller and Dyer, 1878; Osgood, 1970), and Upper Cambrian?