Conodont research

Our conodont research focuses on several important Ordovician and Silurian faunas from the Middle East.

Our research is particularly important for reconstructing the biostratigraphy and palaeogeography of the Middle East, as relatively few conodont faunas have been published from the area. 

Conodonts from the Silurian of Iran

Silurian conodonts of Iran collected by Dr Vachik Hairapetian (Islamic Azad University, Esfahan, Iran) are being investigated with Dr Peep Männik (Tallinn Technical University, Estonia). 

As conodont fauna from this area are relatively unstudied, our collections represent an important taxonomic resource.

Silurian conodont, Distomodus staurognathoides.

Silurian conodont, Distomodus staurognathoides.

Specimens from our collection are being used to date faunas already published from this area, including:

  • microvertebrates 
  • ostracods

Ordovician of Oman

Recent acquisitions from the Ordovician of Oman have resulted from collaborations with:

  • Dr Alan Heward (Petrogas, Oman) 
  • Dr Ivan Sansom (University of Birmingham)

These collections are providing geological dating evidence for coeval discoveries of early fish and crinoid remains recently published from the area. 

Staff involved in this research:

Dr Giles Miller

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Conodont fossil, Ozarkodina confluens
Conodont collection

Discover the range of our conodont material and how the collections were built.

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