Trace Fossil Image Database

(or Trace Fossils I Have Known and Loved)


This database consists of images and basic information concerning trace fossils I have photographed. Included in this information is the formation, age, and locality of the specimen if known. Many of the images were originally photographed while in the field, thus some were enhanced with graphical software to account for variations in lighting. Other photographic images were edited to take out backgrounds that might detract from the trace fossils. Original scale is included with some images but was normally deleted to focus on the trace fossils; verbal descriptions and centimeter-square scales (seen on some images) can provide some information regarding dimensions of specimens.

Where applicable, I will also mention if a particular trace fossil that was not photographed in the field is in a collection somewhere besides my office. I have added some personal comments, including interpretations, in the text associated with some (but not all) images.

Ichnogenera images are arranged by whether they are invertebrate or vertebrate trace fossils and are listed alphabetically under those titles. Your selection of an ichnogenus will lead you to a general description of the ichnogenus (typically summarized after Hantzchel, 1975) and listing of currently available images representative of that ichnogenus. Those trace fossils that I cannot reliably identify to the ichnogenus level are in the Miscellaneous Trace Fossils folder.

I would appreciate any images that you might wish to contribute of your favorite trace fossils. You may send these images as photographic prints (black-and-white or color), slides through regular mail, or as attached JPEG or GIF files through e-mail. Your contribution will be attributed in the image description, but I would appreciate the minimum information of ichnogenus, age, formation, and locality of the trace fossil. My regular mail address is:

Anthony J. Martin
Geosciences Program
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322 USA

My e-mail address is: paleoman@learnlink.emory.edu


Images of Invertebrate Ichnogenera

Arenicolites
Arthrophycus
Asteriacites
Aulichnites
Camborygma
Celliforma
Chabutolithes
Chondrites
Climactichnites
Conichnus
Cruziana
Dactyloidites
Dimorphichnus
Diplocraterion
Eatonichnus
Entomichnus
Gyrolithes
Gyrophyllites
Kouphichnium
Lockeia
Monocraterion
Neonereites
Nereites
Ophiomorpha
Paleohelcura
Palaeophycus
Paleodictyon
Paleoscolytus
Petalichnus
Phycodes
Phycosiphon
Planolites
Psammichnites
Psilonichnus
Rhizocorallium
Rosselia
Rusophycus
Scalarituba
Schaubcylindrichnus
Scoyenia
Skolithos
Spirophycus
Teichichnus
Teredolites
Thalassinoides
Trichophycus
Trypanites
Zoophycos

Images of Vertebrate Ichnogenera

Barypodus
Cheirotherium
Dimetropus
Laoporus
Navahopus
Rotodactylus

Miscellaneous Trace Fossils (Under Construction)

Burrows
Tracks
Trails
Borings
Coprolites
Eggs and Nests
Root Traces and other Plant Trace Fossils


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