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Europe’s last Mesozoic bird

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Birds known from more than isolated skeletal elements are rare in the fossil record, especially from the European Mesozoic. This paucity has hindered interpretations of avian evolution immediately prior to, and in the aftermath of, the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) extinction event. We report on a specimen of a large ornithurine bird (closely related to Ichthyornis) from the uppermost Cretaceous (Maastricht Formation) of Belgium. This is the first record of a bird from these historic strata and the only phylogenetically informative ornithurine to be recovered from the Mesozoic of Europe. Because this new specimen was collected from 40 m below the K-T boundary (approximate age of 65.8 Ma), it is also the youngest non-neornithine (=non-modern) bird known from anywhere in the world

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Dyke, Gareth J., Dortangs, Rudi W., Jagt, John W., Mulder, Eric W., Schulp, Anne S. and Chiappe, Luis M. (2002) Europe’s last Mesozoic bird Naturwissenschaften, 89, (9), pp. 408-411. (doi:10.1007/s00114-002-0352-9).

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Published date: September 2002
Organisations: Paleooceanography & Palaeoclimate

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Local EPrints ID: 205295
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/205295
ISSN: 0028-1042
PURE UUID: d8314f41-8d71-44da-9a9a-ab174e768a01

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Date deposited: 08 Dec 2011 14:49
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:04

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Author: Gareth J. Dyke
Author: Rudi W. Dortangs
Author: John W. Jagt
Author: Eric W. Mulder
Author: Anne S. Schulp
Author: Luis M. Chiappe

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