General Information

Significance to Earth Sciences

    Although a trace fossil is not a preservation of the specimen itself, the trace fossil may be the only evidence for a researcher to utilize in the field.  Conditions do arise in which hard parts are not preserved due to overlying factors within the depositional and preservational environment.  In some cases preservation of body fossils may not be possible  yet the trace fossils are well preserved.

Some instances and benefits may include:

These general trace fossils can be categorized and shown to record:

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