Integration of ichnological information into sedimentological models, and vice versa, is one of the main means by which we can improve our understanding of ancient depositional environments. Mainly intended for sedimentologists, this book aims to make ichnological methods as part of facies interpretation more popular, providing an analytical review of the ichnology of all major depositional environments and the use of ichnology in biostratigraphic and sequence stratigraphic analysis.

It starts with an introduction to the historical aspect of ichnology, introducing common concepts and methods, and then continues with parts treating the main depositional systems from continental, shallow-marine and deep-marine siliciclastics, and marine carbonates. The last part is dedicated to the ichnology in hydrocarbon reservoir and aquifer characterization.

Key Features

  • First overview in 25 years of the status of ichnological studies in facies reconstructions of all major depositional environments
  • Written by a selected, well-experienced and specialized international authorship
  • Provides easy access to the comprehensive and widespread literature
  • Readership

    Scientists in a wide range of disciplines, including sedimentology, stratigraphy and petroleum geology

    Table of Contents




    Chapter Reviewers:

    Chapter 1. A History of Ideas in Ichnology

    1 Introduction

    2 The Ages of Ichnology

    3 From Paleolithic Times to Greco-Roman Antiquity

    4 The Age of Naturalists

    5 Seventeenth to Eighteenth Century: A Period of Transition

    6 The Age of Fucoids

    7 Period of Reaction

    8 Development of the Modern Approach

    9 Modern Era

    10 Conclusions and Discussion


    Chapter 2. Ichnotaxonomy

    1 Introduction

    2 Observing Trace Fossils

    3 Describing Trace Fossils

    4 Stratinomic Classifications

    5 Biological Classifications

    6 Ethological Classification

    7 Systematic Classification

    8 Conclusions


    Chapter 3. Trace-Fossil Systematics

    1 Introduction

    2 Need of a Robust Ichnotaxonomy and Trace-Fossil Classification

    3 A Newly Proposed Nomenclature Key

    4 Way Forward

    5 Conclusions


    Further reading

    Chapter 4. The Ichnofacies Paradigm

    1 Introduction

    2 Neoichnological Underpinning of Seilacherian Ichnofacies

    3 The Seilacherian Ichnofacies

    4 The Role of Seilacherian Ichnofacies

    5 Conclusions


    Further Reading

    Chapter 5. The Ichnofabric Concept

    1 Introduction

    2 Early Development of the Concept

    3 A Controversial Concept?

    4 Importance of Ichnofabric

    5 Conclusions


    Chapter 6. Sequence Stratigraphy

    1 Introduction

    2 Overview of Sequence-Stratigraphic Frameworks

    3 Ichnological Applications to Sequence Stratigraphy (Case Studies)

    4 Conclusions


    Chapter 7. Ichnostratigraphy

    1 Introduction

    2 Continental Environments

    3 Marginal-Marine Environments

    4 Shal


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    About the editors

    Dirk Knaust

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Statoil ASA, Stavanger, Norway

    Richard Bromley

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Geological Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark


    "…the volume is a must-read for all ichnologists, but not only for them. Specialists in sedimentology, basin analysis, sequence stratigraphy, palaeogeography (sensu lato), and palaeontology will find it enriching. With regard to its very rich content and academic style, I recommend this book as an advanced reading to professionals and students with some good knowledge about trace fossils."--Geologos, Volume 19, Number 3, 2013***
    "…he should be congratulated on managing to get more than 80 authors to contribute. He should also be congratulated on the diversity of topics the book addresses. Although the title makes clear its primary aim, Trace Fossils As Indicators of Sedimentary Environments explores a number of other ichnological fields too."--The Palaeontology Newsletter, Number 82, 2013
    "Altogether, this very interesting book, recommended for specialists and non-specialists in ichnology who undertake or approach basin analysis research… This is the culmination of intense work by Dirk Knaust and Richard Bromley, and I congratulate both for their courage and for the quality of this integral volume."--Palaeontologia Electronica online, July 2013
    "This volume is a must-read for all ichnologists, but not only for them. Specialists in sedimentology, basin analysis, sequence stratigraphy, paleogeography (sensu lato), and paleontology will find it enriching. With regard to its very rich content and academic style, I recommend it as an advanced reading to professionals."--Sedimentary Record, August 19, 2013