Abstract— The shergottites exhibit a range of major and trace element compositions, crystallization ages, and initial Sr, Nd, Hf, and Pb isotopic compositions. To constrain the physical mechanisms by which shergottites obtain their compositional characteristics, we examined the major and trace element record preserved in olivine in the more primitive shergottites. Based on such characteristics as the Mg#, V zoning, calculated DNi,Co, the olivine in Y-980459 are most likely phenocrysts. Many of these same characteristics indicate that the olivines in other shergottites are not in equilibrium with the adjacent melt. However, in most cases they are not xenocrystic, but additions of olivine from the same basaltic system. Elephant Moraine (EET) A79001 may be an exception with the olivine data suggesting that it is xenocrystic. In this case, the olivine crystallized from a reduced and LREE-depleted melt and was incorporated into an oxidized and enriched basalt. Vanadium and CaO in olivine appear to record the appearance of spinel and pyroxene on the liquidus of most of the shergottites. Most of the olivine shergottites represent basalts produced by melting of reduced (IW to IW + 1), depleted mantle sources. Olivine data indicate that many of the primary melts derived from this source had similar Ni, Co, and Mn. Shergottites such as Northwest Africa (NWA) 1110/1068 and perhaps Roberts Massif (RBT) 04261 that appear to be derived from more enriched sources have distinctly different olivine. In the case of NWA 1110/1068, the olivine data suggests that the enriched component was added to system prior to olivine crystallization.