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Re: ichnogenera and ichnospecies



> But no, you cannot use the body fossil name for a trace fossil, no matter 
> how certain you are of its maker.  To paraphrase a recently controversial 
> question:  Were you there to actually see what the trace-maker was?  Then 
> how can you be so certain?  Another advantage to sticking with the 
> ichnological name is that it tells people what you have, in fact, 
> found--whether it is a set of foot bones or just the marking left by that 
> foot as it walked along.  So, if you abandon the ichnofossil name you 
> have lost a bit of information in your attempt at communication.

    Using the same logic, wouldn't you have to give a seperate name to 
every individual trackway, even if footprints from two trackways are 
virtually identical?

LN Jeff