Two 3D models of representative feeding traces.

Virtual Collection: Feeding Traces

This virtual collection was last curated by Jonathan Hendricks on June 11, 2019. Each model is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Unless otherwise indicated, each model was created by Emily Hauf using specimens at the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York.

Feeding traces (Fodinichnia)


Trace fossil (or, ichnofossil) specimen of Zoophycus (locality information unknown). Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Maximum dimension of specimen is approximately 15 cm.


Trace fossil (or, ichnofossil) specimen of Arthrophycus alleghaniensis from the Silurian Medina Limestone of Orleans County, New York (PRI 76756). The animal that made these feeding traces may have been an arthropod. Specimen is from the collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Maximum dimension of specimen is approximately 12.5 cm.


Hormosiroidea, a feeding trace fossil (or, ichnofossil) that looks like a string of pearls (PRI 76855). Rock is from the Devonian Ludlowville Formation of Tompkins County, New York. Specimen is from the research collections of the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York. Longest dimension of rock is approximately 10 cm.