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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.
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trace fossil

n
(Palaeontology) the fossilized remains of a track, trail, footprint, burrow, etc, of an organism
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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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(http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/what-is-a-coprolite.html) Coprolite is a trace fossil of feces which provides evidence for the animal's diet behavior instead of its physical structure.
Kumar & Kashkari (1987) described similar fossils from the Pin and Parahio valley sections of the Takche Formation as a trace fossil Paleodictyon meneghini.
The fossil tracks offer "some of the earliest known evidence for animal appendages and extend the earliest trace fossil record of animals with appendages from the early Cambrian (485 million to 541 million years ago) to the late Ediacaran Period."
The studied trace fossil assemblage of the fine quartz sands is characterized by a few horizontal structures with predominance of suspension-feeders or passive tubicolous carnivores among the trace makers and corresponds to the Skolithos to Cruziana ichnofacies.
Caption: Dinosaur tracks like this one, probably from a small ornithopod in Australia, are just one of many kinds of trace fossil.
The sandstone/siltstone-claystone heteroliths that underlie and overlie such thick claystone beds are often characterized by sparse to abundant trace fossil associations, dominantly Planolites isp., Thalassinoides isp., and Paleophycus isp., along with abundant plant fossils.
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.
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?
rosea shells form distinct traces, comparable to the trace fossil Caulostrepsis (Rodrigues et al.