Significance to humans

The fossilized valves of ostracods have long been used by paleontologists as indicators of past habitat and climate conditions. Because no species of ostracod extends over a long geological time period, they are useful indicators of ages of deposits.

Reproductive Behaviour
1. Vargula hilgendorfii; 2. Heterocypris salinus. (Illustration by Patricia Ferrer)
Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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