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Oklahoma City Geological Society


The Shale Shaker Digest XIII, Volumes XXXX-XXXXIV (1989-1994)
Pages 231-235

The Ichnological Aspects of a Pennsylvanian Outcrop Occurring on the Muddy Boggy Creek Near Ada, Oklahoma

Douglas M. Schulte, R. L. Neman, Ph.D.


While body fossils constitute the core of paleontological study by providing taxonomic and ecological information, the day-to-day activities of an organism are often difficult to establish from body structure alone. Evidence occurring in the form of trace fossils, however, does provide insight into the behavior of past life. Rudolf Richter was among the first to codify the study of trace fossils into the science of Ichnology.

A site was recently identified in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, (SWfrac14.gif (857 bytes), S29, T4N-R7E) which contains a wide variety of trace fossils. These trace fossils were extensively studied during the past 18 months, and from these investigations, five different structures were observed, attesting to the activities carried on by various organisms that existed during the late Pennsylvanian, approximately 295 MYBP.

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