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Usually in plural Edward Hitchcock's name for: the fossil footprints of a four-footed animal, specifically a mammal.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in David Page (1814–1879), geologist and author. From scientific Latin Tetrapodichnites from ancient Greek τετραποδ-, τετράπους four-footed + scientific Latin ichnites.
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