Over the last four decades ichnology, the study of trace fossils, has gained broad acceptance as a highly useful tool in palaeoenvironmental studies. Often trace fossils are the sole biogenic tools for this purpose. For this reason, any palaeontologist, sedimentologist or petroleum geologist should be interested in this topic and know how to use ichnology. The new book The Application of Ichnology to Palaeoenvironmental and Stratigraphic Analysis, edited by Duncan McIlroy, is a must-read for anybody with interests in the field of ichnology. Apart from a few questionable taxonomic assignments, and only moderate, but not bad, quality figures, and...

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