Atlas of Trace Fossils

1st Edition

The recognition of common trace fossils in outcrop and cores


  • George Pemberton
  • James MacEachern
  • Murray Gingras
  • Kerrie Bann
  • Description

    Trace fossils, or ichnogenera, is one of the most active areas of paleontology today and play a vital role in modern sedimentary geology.  This book will serve as a visual guide and reference to trace fossils, to be used in the lab. 

    Key Features

    - a visual atlas with photographic examples of individual ichnogenera with the keys to their recognition and significance

    - provides summaries of the key environments where trace fossils are found, principle characteristics of trace fossils, and the relevance of trace fossils in different environmental systems

    - uses clear language rather than specialized jargon, making this atlas useful across many specialities within geology


    Primary audience: Petroleum geologists and palaeontologists Secondary auudience: The subject matter will appeal to researchers in sedimentologist, stratigraphy, and sedimentary geochemistry.

    Table of Contents

    Individual sections of the book would cover the following subjects: A) General Concepts of Ichnology: B) Ichnofacies Summaries: The Unifying Concept in Ichnology Continental Ichnofacies Marine Softground Ichnofacies Substrate-Specific Ichnofacies C) Individual Ichnogenera Photographic Atlas Dwelling Burrows: Deposit-Feeding Burrows Grazing Burrows Resting Traces Escape Structures Root Structures Cryptic bioturbation D) Ichnological summary pages for the recognition of facies associations representative of: Fluvial Systems Lacustrine Environments Deltas: River-and Wave-Influenced Non-Deltaic (Strandplain) Shorefaces Incised Valleys (including estuaries) Brackish Bays Deep-Water environments E) Ichnological applications and implications for high-resolution sequence stratigraphic frameworks F) Reservoir Ichnology


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    Elsevier Science
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