Definition of climactichnite in US English:



  • A fossilized trail or trace fossil occurring in Cambrian sandstone and attributed to an early slug-like organism; (also) an organism responsible for such a trail. Now only (in form Climactichnites) as an ichnogenus name.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London. From scientific Latin Climactichnites, genus name, irregularly from ancient Greek κλῖμαξ ladder + ἴχνος footstep + scientific Latin -ites.