School of Geography

Ostracods of Orkney

27 July 2018

Professor Dave Horne

Dave Horne, Professor of Micropalaeontology, who is currently on fieldwork in Orkney, talked to BBC Radio Orkney’s Huw Williams this morning about ostracods – the tiny shrimp-like creatures that are used to reconstruct past climates and environments. He said: “Ostracods have a fantastic fossil record because they’ve got these little shells that they make which are easily preserved as fossils. These shells are found in sedimentary rocks going back 500 million years.”