American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That branch of paleontology which treats of fossil footprints; the science of fossil footprints; the study of those animals which are known only by their footprints.
- n. paleontology A branch of paleontology concerned with the study of trace fossils. It can be divided into paleoichnology and neoichnology.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Geol.) The branch of science which treats of fossil footprints.
- From ichno- + -logy. (Wiktionary)
- Greek ikhnos, footprint + -logy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The study of trace fossils - called ichnology - is very useful for reconstructing ancient environments.”
“The work of this international group, published in the latest issue of Geologica Acta, is the first taphonomic (fossilisation process) study done on cetacean remains combined with other paleontological disciplines such as ichnology (the study of trace fossils).”
“A golobal overview of pterosaur ichnology: tracksite distribution in space and time. p187-198.”
“I read with interest Mark Roessler's article on the Hitchcock ichnology collection in the Amherst Museum of Natural History [ "Dinoscripture: The Older Testament," Dec. 3, 2009], looking for evidence that challenges "at least some of Darwin's theories," as promised in the second title.”
“If he were alive today and still refused to accept the overwhelming evidence for evolution, he would have a very difficult time indeed advancing science in the field of ichnology.”
“Here he pursued one of his major interests - ichnology (studies based on the discovery and analysis of burrows, tracks and trails of early mammals).”
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