trace fossil

noun
a fossilized track, trail, burrow, boring, or other structure in sedimentary rock that records the presence or behavior of the organism that made it.
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trace fossil
 
n
the fossilized remains of a track, trail, footprint, burrow, etc, of an organism

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trace fossil  
A fossil consisting of an imprint of or a mark left by an organism, as opposed to physical remains. Trace fossils are produced in soft sediments and include surface tracks, molded impressions left by organisms or tissues that later decayed, and subsurface burrows or tunnelings.
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The best known trace fossil are tracks but burrows, nests, and gnaw marks on bones or plants are also types of trace fossils.
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