Echinoderm research

Echinoderm research in the Palaeontology Department focuses on 2 principal themes:

  1. The early Palaeozoic diversification of echinoderms and the origins of the major body plans.
  2. The post-Palaeozoic evolution of sea urchins.
  • Sea urchin of the genus Hemipedina
    The Echinoid Directory

    The Echinoid Directory is an online guide to sea urchins. Maintained by Museum experts, it provides taxonomic information on all the genera and species of echinoid that have been described, as well as information on their morphology and evolution.

  • Pentacrinites, a Lower Jurassic crinoid
    Crinoid systematics

    Crinoids are the most primitive of the 5 living echinoderm classes. We have a number of projects to develop monographs and guides to particular crinoid faunas, focussing on their Mesozoic fossil record.

Fossil echinoderm researchers