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Research interests

I'm a vertebrate palaeontologist focused on deciphering major evolutionary patterns in living and fossil birds (and often other groups of vertebrates). Research in my group draws on fossil, anatomical, and molecular data in order to understand the origins of modern vertebrate biodiversity, and the origins of important biological features such as feathers and flight. For more information, please see my lab's webpage at

Education/Academic qualification

Zoology, Bachelor of Science, University of British Columbia

Vertebrate Palaeontology, Doctor of Philosophy, Yale University


  • QE Geology
  • QH301 Biology
  • QL Zoology
  • Palaeontology
  • Ornithology
  • Fossils
  • Birds
  • Evolution
  • Phylogeny

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Research Output 2010 2018

1 Citations

Complete Ichthyornis skull illuminates mosaic assembly of the avian head

Field, D., Hanson, M., Burnham, D., Wilson, L., Super, K., Ehret, D., Ebersole, J. & Bhullar, B-A. S. 2 May 2018 In : Nature. 557, p. 96 - 100 5 p.

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Early Evolution of Modern Birds Structured by Global Forest Collapse at the End-Cretaceous Mass Extinction

Field, D., Bercovici, A., Berv, J. S., Dunn, R., Fastovsky, D., Lyson, T. R., Vajda, V. & Gauthier, J. 1 Jun 2018 In : Current Biology . 28, 11, p. 1825-1831 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Biological Extinction
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Endless skulls most beautiful

Field, D. J. 16 Jan 2018 In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 115, 3, p. 448-450 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
2 Citations

Genomic signature of an avian Lilliput Effect across the K-Pg Extinction

Berv, J. S. & Field, D. J. 1 Jan 2018 In : Systematic Biology. 67, 1, p. 1–13

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How birds survived the dinosaur-killing asteroid

Field, D. 24 May 2018 The Conversation

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle