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Martin Lockley (1986) summarised the various Palaeontological fields that could
be enhanced through the
study of fossil footprints:
- paleoecological analysis of ichnoenoses to determine diversity and relative abundance of trackmakers.
- population dynamics
- behavioural analysis (locomotion, speed, herding, etc.)
- biostratigraphic zonation and correlation
- paleogeographic, species range etc.
- evolutionary trends
- recognition of specific paleoenvironments
- recognition of shoreline trends and configurations
- estimate of relative water depths
- determination of paleoslope
- estimation of water content of sediments
- determination of current directions
- taphonomy of footprints
- taphonomy of associated fossils and modification of sediments through trampling or disturbance
- depositional/climatic cyclicity at sites with multiple track-bearing horizons."
Lockley, M.G. (1986) The Paleobiological and Paleoenvironmental Importance of Dinosaur Footprints. Palaios. 1, pp.37-47.
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