Defining the morphological quality of fossil footprints. Problems and principles of preservation in tetrapod ichnology with examples from the Palaeozoic to the present

  title={Defining the morphological quality of fossil footprints. Problems and principles of preservation in tetrapod ichnology with examples from the Palaeozoic to the present},
  author={Lorenzo Marchetti and Matteo Belvedere and Sebastian Voigt and Hendrik Klein and Diego Castanera and Ignacio D{\'i}az-Mart{\'i}nez and Daniel Marty and Lida Xing and Silverio F. Feola and Ricardo N. Melchor and James O Farlow},
  journal={Earth-Science Reviews},

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