Construction of ichnogeneric names

Andrew K. Rindsberg


Ichnologists have over used the root ichn- “trace”, employing it in new terms and new ichnogenera alike, to the point where it can be difficult to express oneself clearly without using it several times in one sentence. The root derives from Ancient ἴχνος (ichnos), which means “foot print” or “track”, or by extension a “trace”, any sign of an animal’s activity. Perhaps it is time to explore the use of other roots to create new ichnologic terms and genera. Alternative Latin and Greek roots are given here, as well as ad vice on how to construct new ichnogenera in a technically correct and aesthetically pleasing manner.

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