1. the branch of paleontology concerned with the study of fossilized tracks, trails, burrows, borings, or other trace fossils as evidence of the occurrence or behavior of the organisms that produced them.

Origin of ichnology

First recorded in 1850–55; ichno- + -logy
Related formsich·no·log·i·cal [ik-nl-oj-i-kuh l] /ˌɪk nlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjective
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  1. the study of trace fossils
Derived Formsichnological (ˌɪknəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjective

Word Origin for ichnology

C19: from Greek ikhnos footprint, track
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