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Ichnology is the study of trace fossils.
Parallels can often be drawn between modern traces and trace fossils. That helps scientists decode the possible behavior and anatomy of the trace-making organisms. An ichnologist is a scientist whose area of study and research is ichnology.
It may be unclear which species had made a particular trace. Therefore, ichnospecies are named separately as trace fossils.
- Later Cambrian trace fossils from intertidal settings include Protichnites and Climactichnites, and others
- Mesozoic dinosaur footprints including ichnogenera such as Grallator and Atreipus (bipedal theropods) and Anomoepus (probably an ornithischian dinosaur)
- Triassic to Recent termite mounds, which can be several square kilometers of sediment
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