Trace Fossil Analysis

  • Adolf Seilacher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Pages 1-16
  3. Pages 17-30
  4. Pages 31-44
  5. Pages 61-74
  6. Pages 103-116
  7. Pages 117-130
  8. Pages 131-144
  9. Pages 145-158
  10. Pages 159-172
  11. Pages 173-186
  12. Pages 187-200
  13. Pages 201-214
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 215-226

About this book


Trace fossils record the behavior of animals at the very spot where they lived millions of years ago. Their growing interest derives from the intimate connection between ichnology and sedimentology and their combined relevance for paleoenvironmental reconstructions, basin analysis, and petroleum exploration.

This definitive textbook by a renowned field observer and analyst of trace fossils concentrates on the most distinctive examples, mostly made by infaunal invertebrates in originally soft sediments. It covers the whole geologic column and ranges from deep-sea to shallow-marine and continental environments. Seilacher's Trace Fossil Analysis is designed to foster interpretative skills using the author's own iconic drawings. They are thematically grouped in 75 plates that form the core for the descriptive text and annotated references. A glossary of ichnological terms is also provided.


Biostratigraphy Fossil behavior Paleoecology Sediment Sedimentary structures Trace fossils Trilobite paleoenvironmental

Authors and affiliations

  • Adolf Seilacher
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Yale Geology Dept.New HavenUSA
  2. 2.TübingenGermany

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