dogs' and cats' paws and tracks
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The impression or indentation made on the substrate (ground) by an organism.
This includes tracks, but also other impressions (e.g. borings, droppings, burrows).
Impression or indentation made on the substrate (
) by a foot.
Any indication of the progress of an organism that is not a track.
e.g. scat (
), claw marks, scent posts, kill sites, and dens and lays.
The distal part of a limb that bears weight, and facilitates locomotion and manipulation.
The distance from the one track of a foot to the next track of the same foot.
This is conventionally measured from the proximal edge of the first track to the proximal edge of the next track of the same foot, and parallel to the central line.
The width of a trail pattern.
This is conventionally measured from the most lateral point of a left track to the most lateral point of a right track, measured at right angles to the central line.
Therefore, this is the broadest possible measurement of width of a trail.
The series of traces made by, and left behind, by an organism.
This includes tracks and sign.
This should be contrasted with a track, which is an individual footprint.
The marks or traces left by an organism (e.g. footprints, tail drags and belly drags).
The space between the pads of a foot or a track made by a foot.
This includes interdigital space, but also the space between heel pad and toe pads.
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Phrase coined and used by Tom Brown to describe the way the ground ("the Earth") reacts to the maker of a
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