Fossil echinoderm collection
The diversity and abundance of echinoderm fossils is reflected in the Museum's large, world-class collection.
Fossil echinoderms are numerous, due in part to the fantastic preservation potential of the calcite plates that form their skeletons. They have been found in Phanerozoic marine sediments around the globe.
Specimens Type specimens
With around 200,000 specimens, including more than 1,800 type and figured specimens, the Museum’s collection is representative of all classes of echinoderms.
- Palaeozoic and Mesozoic asterozoans
- Mesozoic echinoids
- Palaeozoic crinoids
- carpoids (Homalozoa)
- blastoids and cystoids
Countries of origin
The collection is representative of all continents.
The full geological range of each group is represented in our collection:
- Asterozoa (Cambrian to Recent)
- Blastoidea (Cambrian to Permian)
- Crinoidea (Cambrian to Recent)
- Cystoids (Ordovician to Devonian)
- Echinozoa (Cambrian to Recent)
- Homolozoa including the carpoids (Cambrian to Carboniferous)
We have set out on an ambitious programme to develop a new science and digitisation centre at Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire by 2026. As we prepare for the move, access to some collections will be affected.
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