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  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.
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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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Examples from the Web for ichnology

Historical Examples

  • For several years after this he assisted his father in arranging the museum and compiling tables for the Ichnology.

    Appletons' Popular Science Monthly, December 1898


  • Ichnology, ik-nol′o-ji, n. footprint lore: the science of fossil footprints.

British Dictionary definitions for ichnology


  1. the study of trace fossils
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Derived Formsichnological (ˌɪknəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Greek ikhnos footprint, track
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