Saturday, 30th of November 2019 (13:45-14:15) at the international symposium on Chalk & Flint
Our understanding of avian evolution has progressed tremendously in the last decade, and the end-Cretaceous mass extinction has emerged as a key factor responsible for stimulating the modern bird radiation. To better understand the pattern and timing of early avian evolution, fossils from the Late Cretaceous and earliest Cenozoic are of paramount importance. Nonetheless, fossils of modern birds from these time intervals are virtually unknown.
In his presentation at the international symposium on Chalk & Flint, Daniel will discuss the unique potential of the type Maastrichtian of The Netherlands and Belgium for shedding light on the early evolutionary history of modern birds, and provide recommendations for local collectors to may aid in the future identification of avian fossils in the latest Cretaceous.