trace fossil


Definition of trace fossil

: a fossil (as of a dinosaur footprint) that shows the activity of an animal or plant but is not formed from the organism itself

Examples of trace fossil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the same year, the Austrian paleontologist Theodor Fuchs, an authority on trace fossils, independently arrived at the same conclusion. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, 26 Nov. 2019 These particular trace fossils consist of up to 12 parallel scratches, and had been thought to be connected to a trilobite but the evidence was never strong enough, Geggel reports. Lauren Young, Smithsonian, 8 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of trace fossil

1956, in the meaning defined above

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“Trace fossil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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