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ichnology (ik-NOL-uh-jee) noun

A branch of paleontology dealing with the study of fossilized footprints, tracks, traces, etc.

[From ichno- (track or footstep) + -logy (study).]

"The small rocky exposure that the waters of the Ntumbe River had uncovered may be quite unique to ichnology. In addition to another trackway of six footprints of a slightly larger sub-adult, there are numerous other isolated tracks ..." Theagarten Lingham-Soliar, Walking With Baby Dinosaurs, The Guardian (UK), Sep 28, 2000.

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