Ostracod collection

Ostracod specimens from the Museum’s collection

Ostracod specimens from the Museum’s collection

The Museum’s collection of fossil and recent (living) ostracods includes 20,000 single specimen mounts and many faunal slides.

100,000                                  20,000

Slides                                              Single specimen mounts


Over half of the collection is from the UK, but it also includes material from across the globe.

The collection covers the entire geological history of the Ostracoda, from the Ordovician to the present and is particularly strong in material from the:

  • Carboniferous
  • Jurassic
  • Cretaceous
  • Eocene  

The type and figured collection

The type and figured collection:

  • contains about 100,000 slides
  • is referred to in more than 600 scientific publications
  • is particularly strong in Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Pliocene to present-day material

The type and figured collection and associated slides have been arranged stratigraphically, with individual named slides and assemblage slides kept together.

Search the fossil and recent ostracod database

Large donated collections

The Hull University Collection, former British Petroleum microfossil collection and former Aberystwyth micropalaeontological collection are kept separate from the main type and figured ostracod collection.

Former British Petroleum micropalaeontology collection

Contains the microfossil well-run samples from British Petroleum's exploration activities since the 1950s, including slides and residues from over 3,800 well and outcrop localities worldwide.

The collection includes:

  • micropalaeontological slides
  • palynological slides (c. 78,000)
  • nannofossil slides
  • faunal slides
  • loose specimens
  • residues
  • the former British Petroleum microfossil reference collection (foraminifera and ostracoda)

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Former Aberystwyth microfossil collection

The collection includes:

  • a wide variety of studies covering many geological periods
  • older studies of contemporary foraminifera assemblage

These provide a unique opportunity to revisit numerous settings and evaluate changes in foraminifera abundance and diversity over time.

Search the former Aberystwyth microfossil collection database 

Looking for a specimen?

The ostracod collection is being digitised

Senior Curator

Dr Stephen Stukins

Principal Curator

Dr Giles Miller

Any questions ?

If you would like to use any specimens for research   

Accessing the collections

Scientists and collections management specialists can visit the collections and borrow specimens for research.

Collections management

Our duty is to provide a safe and secure environment for all of our collections.

Collections on the move

We have set out on an ambitious programme to develop a new science and digitisation centre. As we prepare for the move, access to some collections will be affected. 

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