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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How to use trace fossil in a sentence
The team’s findings “are a thrilling study,” says Anthony Martin, a trace fossil expert at Emory University in Atlanta who wasn’t involved in the research.Fossil tracks may reveal an ancient elephant nursery | Sid Perkins | September 16, 2021 | Science News
“Compared to other trace fossils, which are usually only a few tens of centimeters long, this trace fossil was huge,” says Yu-Yen Pan.Giant worms may have hidden beneath the ancient seafloor to ambush prey | Helen Thompson | February 16, 2021 | Science News For Students
“Compared to other trace fossils, which are usually only a few tens of centimeters long, this trace fossil was huge,” says Yu-Yen Pan, a geologist at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada.Giant worms may have burrowed into the ancient seafloor to ambush prey | Helen Thompson | January 22, 2021 | Science News
The fossilized guts, or cololites, are a type of trace fossil.
British Dictionary definitions for trace fossil
the fossilized remains of a track, trail, footprint, burrow, etc, of an organism
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Scientific definitions for trace fossil
A fossil consisting of an imprint of or a mark left by an organism, as opposed to physical remains. Trace fossils are produced in soft sediments and include surface tracks, molded impressions left by organisms or tissues that later decayed, and subsurface burrows or tunnelings.
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