Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2018

Presentation information

[JJ] Oral

G (General (Education and Outreach)) » General (Education and Outreach)

[G-04] Geoscience Outreach

Sun. May 20, 2018 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM 104 (1F International Conference Hall, Makuhari Messe)

convener:Takeyuki Ueki(Faculty of Risk and Crisis Management, Chiba Institute of Science), Jiro Komori(Teikyo Heisei University), Naoko HASEGAWA(お茶の水女子大学, 共同), Satoko Oki(Faculty of Environment and information Studies), Chairperson:HASEGAWA Naoko, Ueki Takeyuki(Faculty of Risk and Crisis Management, Chiba Institute of Science)

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

[G04-18] Ichnological science outreach activities: its significance and brief performance reports

*Kentaro Izumi1 (1.Faculty & Graduate School of Education, Chiba University)

Keywords:Trace fossils, Outreach activities

This study discusses the significance of ichnological science outreach activities, and briefly reports several examples of ichnological science outreach activities recently performed by the author. Trace fossils, which are also called as ichnofossils, are defined as sedimentary structures of animal behavior origin, which are preserved in ancient strata. This means that detailed paleo-ethological interpretations can be obtained by analyzing trace fossils. In addition, in some cases, it is known that trace fossil assemblages occurred from a sedimentary succession can reveal detailed bathymetric setting/depositional environment of the succession. Therefore, trace fossils are important materials for both geology and paleontology fields. However, it is very rare that the body fossil of an animal is preserved in an ancient rock, which is closely associated to the trace fossils produced by this animal. Therefore, to appropriately interpret the paleoecological aspects recorded in trace fossils, behavioral ethological data of modern animals are definitely essential. This means that both geological and biological backgrounds are required for ichnological research. On the other hand, it can be also said that trace fossils have great potential for tools of geological science outreach activities. It is possible that trace fossils may become the initial motivators to begin learning biology, suggesting that trace fossils can finally open the door to geology field. In spite of such importance, the number of ichnological science outreach activities are much less than that of outreach activities of another research fields in earth and planetary sciences. Therefore, this study actually presents several examples of ichnological science outreach activities recently performed by the author.