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A fossilized footprint or track of an animal.
a fossil footprint; as, the ichnites in the Triassic sandstone
Origin: [Gr. 'i`chnos track, footstep.]
An ichnite is a fossilised footprint. This is a type of trace fossil. Over the years, many ichnites have been found, around the world, giving important clues about the behaviour of the animals that made them. For instance, multiple ichnites of a single species, close together, suggest 'herd' or 'pack' behaviour of that species. Combinations of footprints of different species provide clues about the interactions of those species. Even a set of footprints of a single animal gives important clues, as to whether it was bipedal or quadrupedal. In this way, it has been suggested that some pterosaurs, when on the ground, used their forelimbs in an unexpected quadrupedal action. Special conditions are required, in order to preserve a footprint made in soft ground. A possible scenario is a sea or lake shore that became dried out to a firm mud in hot, dry conditions, received the footprints and then became silted over in a flash storm. The first ichnite found was in 1800 in Massachusetts, USA, by a farmer named Pliny Moody, who found 1-foot long fossilized footprints. They were thought by Harvard and Yale scholars to be from "Noah's Raven."
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