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Europe’s last Mesozoic bird

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 The Science of Nature, 89, (9), pp. 408-411. (doi:10.1007/s00114-002-0352-9).

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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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Published date: September 2002
Organisations: Paleooceanography & Palaeoclimate


Local EPrints ID: 205295
ISSN: 0028-1042
PURE UUID: d8314f41-8d71-44da-9a9a-ab174e768a01

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Date deposited: 08 Dec 2011 14:49
Last modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:31

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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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