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Behavioral and Ecological Implications of Trace Fossils

By
Robert W. Frey
Robert W. Frey
Department of GeologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens, Georgia30602
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Published:
January 01, 1978

Abstract

Ichnology may be defined as the overall study of traces made by organisms, including their description, classification, and interpretation (Simpson, 1975). In a practical sense, however, ichnology is the study of organism- substrate interrelationships (Howard and Frey, 1975). Any given trace is at least a partial record both of the activities of the particular organism and the kind of substrate on or in which it moved. In turn, these activities, as well as local substrate characteristics, may be influenced by contemporary environmental factors. Ichnology thus embraces a complex of processes, conditions, responses, and adaptations, and it draws expertise from a variety of disciplines within geology and biology.

In this chapter we will be concerned primarily with the activities (behavior) of trace-making organisms and their immediate ecological or environmental implications. First, however, we must establish a basic framework.

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Trace Fossil Concepts

Paul B. Basan
Paul B. Basan
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SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology
Volume
5
ISBN electronic:
9781565762343
Publication date:
January 01, 1978

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