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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 danieljfield.com.

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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Birds Medicine & Life Sciences
bird Earth & Environmental Sciences
turtle Earth & Environmental Sciences
Feathers Medicine & Life Sciences
fossil Earth & Environmental Sciences
skull Agriculture & Biology
Dinosaurs Medicine & Life Sciences
Cretaceous Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2018

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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

body size
Body Size
mass extinction
Biological Extinction

Ancestral ecological reconstructions and evidence of canopy destruction reveal strong ecological selectivity among birds across the K-Pg mass extinction.

Field, D., Bercovici, A., Dunn, R., Fastovsky, D., Berv, J. S. & Gauthier, J. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Big-time insights from a tiny bird fossil

Field, D. 25 Jun 2017 In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). 114, 30, p. 7750-7752

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial


Complete Ichthyornis skull reveals unforeseen mosaicism late in the dinosaur-bird transition

Field, D., Hanson, M. & Bhullar, B-A. S. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract