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these are peer-reviewed journal articles; names of lab members are highlighted. click on images for links; for reprint requests please contact daniel (djf70[at]

Pimiento, C., Kacáková, K., Mathes, G.H., Argyriou, T., Cadena, E.-A., Cooper, J.A., Cortés, D., Field, D.J., Klug, C., Scheyer, T.M., Valenzuela-Toro, A.M., Hatt, P., Holdener, G., Jacober, G., Kobelt, S., Masseraz, S., Mehli, I., Reiff, S., Rigendinger, E., Ruckstuhl, M., Schneider, S., Seige, C., Senn, N., Staccoli, V., Baumann, J., Flüeler, L., Guevara, L.J., Ickin, E., Kissling, K.C., Rogenmoser, J., Spitznagel, D., Villafaña, J.A., Zanatta, C. 2024. The extinct marine megafauna of the Phanerozoic. Cambridge Prisms: Extinction 2: e7. doi:10.1017/ext.2024.12.

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Crane, A., Benito, J., Chen, A., Musser, G., Torres, C., Clarke, J.A., Lautenschlager, S., Ksepka, D.T., Field, D.J. Taphonomic damage obfuscates interpretation of the retroarticular region of the Asteriornis mandible. GeoBios, in press.

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Widrig, K.E., Navalón, G., Field, D.J. 2024. Palaeoneurology of stem palaeognaths clarifies the plesiomorphic condition of the crown bird central nervous system. Journal of Morphology 285: e21710.

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Field, D.J., Benito, J., Werning, S., Chen, A., Kuo, P.-C., Crane, A., Widrig, K.E., Ksepka, D.T., Jagt, J.M.W. 2024. Remarkable insights into modern bird origins from the Maastrichtian type area (north-east Belgium, south-east Netherlands). Netherlands Journal of Geosciences 103: e15.

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Kuo, P-C.K., Navalón, G., Benson, R.B.J.Field, D.J. 2024. Macroevolutionary drivers of morphological disparity in the avian quadrate. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 291: 20232250.

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Brocklehurst, N. & Field, D.J. 2024. Tip dating and Bayes factors provide insight into the radiation of crown birds across the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 291: 20232618.

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Peacock, J., Spellman, G.M., Field, D.J., Mason, M.J., Mayr, G. 2024. Comparative morphology of the avian bony columella. The Anatomical Record 307(5): 1735-1763.

doi: 10.1002/ar.25278.

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Widrig, K.E., Bhullar, B.-A., Field, D.J. 2023. 3D atlas of tinamou (Neornithes: Tinamidae) pectoral morphology: Implications for reconstructing the ancestral neornithine flight apparatus. Journal of Anatomy. doi: 10/1111/joa.13919.

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Kuo, P.-C., Benson, R.B.J., Field, D.J. 2023. The importance of fossils in macroevolutionary analyses of 3D geometric morphometric data: a case study of galloanseran quadrates. Journal of Morphology 284(6): e21594.

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Gayford, J.H., Whitehead, D.A., Ketchum, J.T., Field, D.J. 2023. The selective drivers of allometry in sharks (Chondrichthyes: Elasmobranchii)Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society zlac110.

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Ksepka, D.T., Field, D.J., Heath, T.A., Pett, W., Thomas, D.B., Giovanardi, S., Tennyson, A.J.D. 2023. Largest-known fossil penguin provides insight into the early evolution of sphenisciform body size and flipper anatomy. Journal of Paleontology 1-20. doi:10.1017/jpa.2022.88

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Steell, E.M., Nguyen, J., Benson, R.B.J., Field, D.J. 2023. Evolution of the passerine carpometacarpus helps illuminate the early fossil record of crown Passeriformes. Journal of Anatomy. DOI: 10.1111/joa.13761.

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Chiappe, L.M., Navalón, G., Martinelli, A.G., Nava, W., Field, D.J. 2022. Fossil basicranium clarifies the origin of the avian central nervous system and inner ear. Proceedings of the Royal Society B  289: 20221398.           

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Benito, J., Kuo, P-C., Widrig, K.E., Jagt, J.W.M., Field, D.J. 2022. Cretaceous ornithurine supports a neognathous crown bird ancestor. Nature 612: 100–105.

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Benito, J., Chen, A., Wilson, L.E., Bhullar, B-A.S., Burnham, D., Field, D.J. 2022. Forty new specimens of Ichthyornis provide unprecedented insight into the postcranial morphology of crownward stem group birds. PeerJ 10:e13919.

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Demuth, O.E., Benito, J., Tschopp, E., Lautenschlager, S., Mallison, H., Heeb, N., Field, D.J. 2022. Topology-based three-dimensional reconstruction of delicate skeletal fossil remains and the quantification of their taphonomic deformation. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10:828006. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2022.828006

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Widrig, K. & Field, D.J. 2022. The evolution and fossil record of palaeognathous birds (Neornithes: Palaeognathae). Diversity 14(2), 105.

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Ducatez, S. & Field, D.J. 2021. Disentangling the avian altricial-precocial spectrum: Quantitative assessment of developmental mode, phylogenetic signal, and dimensionality. Evolution 75(11): 2717-2735.

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Hughes, J.J., Berv, J.S., Chester, S.J.B., Sargis, E.J., Field, D.J. 2021. Ecological selectivity and the evolution of mammalian substrate preference across the K–Pg boundary. Ecology and Evolution 00, 1-15.

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O'Connor, J.K., Field, D.J., Sullivan, C. 2021. Editorial: Early Avian Evolution. Frontiers in Earth Science 9:730214. doi: 10.3389/feart.2021.730214.

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Louchart, A., Bhullar, B.A-S., Riamon, S., Field, D.J. 2021. The true identity of putative tooth alveoli in a Cenozoic crown bird, the gastornithid Omorhamphus. Frontiers in Earth Science 9:661699. doi: 10.3389/feart.2021.661699.

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Brocklehurst, N. & Field, D.J. Macroevolutionary dynamics of dentition in Mesozoic birds reveal no long-term selection towards tooth loss. iScience 24(3), 102243.

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Watanabe, J., Field, D.J., Matsuoka, H. Wing musculature reconstruction in extinct flightless auks (Pinguinus and Mancalla) reveals incomplete convergence with penguins (Spheniscidae) due to differing ancestral states. Integrative Organismal Biology 3(1), obaa040.

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Klein, C.G., Pisani, D., Field, D.J., Lakin, R., Wills, M.A., Longrich, N.R. 2021. Evolution and dispersal of snakes across the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction. Nature Communications 12:5335.

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Field, D.J., Benito, J., Chen, A., Jagt, J.M.W., Ksepka, D.T. 2020. Late Cretaceous neornithine from Europe illuminates the origins of crown birds. Nature 579 397-401.


Field, D.J. 2020. Preliminary paleoecological insights from the Pliocene avifauna of Kanapoi, Kenya: implications for the ecology of Australopithecus anamensisJournal of Human Evolution 140 102384.


Field, D.J. 2020. The changing face of birds from the age of dinosaurs (Commentary). Nature. doi:

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Ksepka, D.T., Balanoff, A.M., Smith, N.A., Bever, G.S., Bhullar, B.A-S., Bourdon, E., Braun, E.L., Burleigh, J.G., Clarke, J.A., Colbert, M.W., Corfield, J.R., Degrange, F.J., De Pietri, V.L., Early, C.M., Field, D.J., Gignac, P.M., Gold, M.E.L., Kimball, R.T., Kawaba, S., Lefebvre, L., Marugán-Lobón, J., Mongle, C.S., Morhardt, A., Norell, M.A., Ridgely, R.C., Rothman, R.S., Scofield, R.P., Tambussi, C.P., Torres, C.R., van Tuinen, M., Walsh, S.A., Watanabe, A., Witmer, L.M., Wright, A.K., Zanno, L.E., Jarvis, E.D., Smaers, al. 2020. Tempo and pattern of avian brain size evolution. Current Biology 30: 1-10.

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Chen, A. & Field, D.J. Phylogenetic definitions for Caprimulgiformes (Aves) and major constituent clades under the International Code of Phylogenetic Nomenclature. Zoology 74(4): 571-585.

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Ding, A., Pittman, M., Upchurch, P., O’Connor, J.K., Field, D.J., Xing, X. 2020. The biogeography of coelurosaurian dinosaurs and its impact on their evolutionary history. In Pennaraptoran theropod dinosaurs: Past progress and new frontiers (Pittman, M. & Xing, X. Eds.). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 440: 117-157.

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Field, D.J., Berv, J.S., Hsiang, A.Y., Lanfear, R., Landis, M.J., Dornburg, A. 2020. Timing the extant avian radiation: The rise of modern birds, and the importance of modeling molecular rate variation. In Pennaraptoran theropod dinosaurs: Past progress and new frontiers (Pittman, M. & Xing, X. Eds.). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 440: 159-181.

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Pittman, M., O’Connor, J.K., Field, D.J., Turner, A.H., Ma, W., Xing, X. Pennaraptoran systematics. 2020. In Pennaraptoran theropod dinosaurs: Past progress and new frontiers (Pittman, M. & Xing, X. Eds.). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 440: 7-36.

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Pittman, M., O’Connor, J.K., Tse, E., Makovicky, P., Field, D.J., Ma, W., Turner, A.H., Xing, X. 2020. The fossil record of Mesozoic and Paleocene pennaraptorans. In Pennaraptoran theropod dinosaurs: Past progress and new frontiers (Pittman, M. & Xing, X. Eds.). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 440: 37-95.

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Pittman, M., Heers, A.M., Serrano, F.J., Field, D.J., Habib, M.B., Dececchi, T.A., Kaye, T.G., Larsson, H.C.E. 2020. Methods of studying early theropod flight. In Pennaraptoran theropod dinosaurs: Past progress and new frontiers (Pittman, M. & Xing, X. Eds.). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History: 440: 277-294.

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Dawson, R.R., Field, D.J., Hull, P.M., Zelenitsky, D.K., Therrien, F., Affek, H.P. 2020. Eggshell geochemistry reveals ancestral metabolic thermal regulation in Dinosauria. Science Advances 6 eaax9361.


Saupe, E.E., Farnsworth, A., Lunt, D.J., Sagoo, N., Pham, K.V., Field, D.J. 2019. Climatic shifts drove major contractions in avian latitudinal distributions throughout the Cenozoic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116:26 12895-12900.

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Oliveros, C., Field, D.J., Ksepka, D.T., Barker, F.K., Aleixo, A., Anderson, M.J., Alström, P., Benz, B.W., Braun, E.L., Braun, M.J., Bravo, G.A., Brumfield, R.T., Chesser, R.T., Claramunt, S., Cracraft, J., Cuervo, A.M., Derryberry, E.P., Glenn, T.C., Harvey, M.G., Hosner, P.A., Joseph, L., Kimball, R., Mack, A.L., Miskelly, C.M., Peterson, A.T., Robbins, M.B., Sheldon, F.H., Silveira, L.F., Smith, B.T., White, N.D., Moyle, R.G., Faircloth,B.C. 2019. Earth history and the passerine supperradiation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116:16 7915-7925.


Chen, A., White, N.D., Benson, R.B.J., Braun, M.J., Field, D.J. 2019. Total-evidence framework reveals complex morphological evolution in nightbirds (Strisores). Diversity 11(9),143.

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Kimball, R.T, Oliveros, C.H., Wang, N., White, N.D., Barker, F.K., Field, D.J., Ksepka, D.T., Chesser, R.T., Moyle, R.G., Braun, M.J., Brumfield, R.T., Faircloth, B.C., Smith, B.T., Braun, E.L. 2019. A phylogenomic supertree of birds. Diversity 11:109 doi:10.3390/d11070109


Musser, G.M., Ksepka, D.T., Field, D.J. 2019. New material of Paleocene-Eocene Pellornis clarifies pattern and timing of the extant gruiform radiation. Diversity 11:102. doi:10.3390/d11070102

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Field, D.J. 2019. Evolution: Convergence fits the bill (Commentary). Current Biology 29: R132-R134.


Pimiento, C., Cantalapiedra, J.L., Shimada, K., Field, D.J., Smaers, J.B. 2019. Evolutionary pathways toward gigantism in sharks and rays. Evolution. doi:10.1111/evo.13680.

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Field, D.J. & Hsiang, A.Y. 2018. A North American stem turaco, and the complex biogeographic history of modern birds. BMC Evolutionary Biology 18:102.


Field, D.J., Bercovici, A., Berv, J.S., Dunn, R., Fastovsky, D.E., Lyson, T.R., Vajda, V., Gauthier, J.A. 2018. Early evolution of modern birds structured by global forest collapse at the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. Current Biology 28: 1-7.

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Field, D.J., Hanson, M., Burnham, D., Wilson, L., Super, K., Ehret, D., Ebersole, J., Bhullar, B.A-S. 2018. Complete skull of Ichthyornis illuminates mosaic assembly of the avian head. Nature 556(7703): 96-100.


Field, D.J. 2018. Endless Skulls Most Beautiful (Commentary). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(30): 7750-7752. doi:10.1073/pnas.1721208115


Berv, J.S. & Field, D.J. 2018. Genomic signature of an avian Lilliput Effect across the K-Pg Extinction. Systematic Biology. 67(1): 1-13. doi:10.1093/sysbio/syx064.

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 Field, D.J. 2017. Big-time insights from a tiny bird fossil (Commentary). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(30): 7750-7752.


Faux, C. & Field, D.J. 2017. Distinct developmental pathways underlie independent flight losses in ratites. Biology Letters. 20170234. [Cover]


Fabbri, M., Koch, N.M., Pritchard, A.C., Hanson, M., Hoffman, E., Bever, G.S., Balanoff, A.M., Morris, Z.S., Field, D.J., Camacho, J., Rowe, T.B., Norell, M.A., Smith, R.M., Abzhanov, A., Bhullar, B-A.S.B. 2017. The skull roof tracks the brain during the evolution and development of reptiles including birds. Nature Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0288-2


Field, D.J., Boessenecker, R., Racicot, R., Ásbjörnsdóttir, L., Jónasson, K., Hsiang, A., Behlke, A., Vinther, J. 2017. The oldest marine vertebrate fossil from the volcanic island of Iceland: A partial right whale skull from the high latitude Pliocene Tjörnes Formation. Palaeontology. doi:10/1111/pala.12275.


Dumont, M., Tafforeau, P., Bertin, T., Bhullar, B.-A., Field, D., et al. 2016. Synchrotron imaging of dentition provides insights into the biology of Hesperornis and Ichthyornis, the “last” toothed birds. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16:178. doi:10.1186/s12862-016-0753-6.


Bever, G.S., Lyson, T.R., Field, D.J., Bhullar, B.A.S. 2016. The amniote temporal roof and the diapsid origin of the turtle skull. Zoology. doi:10.1016/j.zool.2016.04.005.


Prum, R.O., Berv, J.S., Dornburg, A., Field, D.J., Townsend, J.P, Lemmon, E.M., Lemmon, A.R. A comprehensive phylogeny of birds using targeted next-generation DNA sequencing. Nature 526: 569-573. doi:10.1038/nature15697.


Balanoff, A.M., Bever, G.S., Colbert, M.W., Clarke, J.A., Field, D.J., et al. 2016. Best practices for digitally constructing endocranial casts: Examples from birds and their dinosaurian relatives. Journal of Anatomy 229(2): 173-190. doi:10.1111/joa.12378. [Cover]


Bever, G.S., Lyson, T.R., Field, D.J., Bhullar, B.-A.S. 2015. Evolutionary origin of the turtle skull. Nature 525: 239-242. doi:10.1038/nature14900.

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Feo, T.J., Field, D.J., Prum, R.O. 2015. Barb geometry of asymmetrical feathers reveals a transitional morphology in the evolution of avian flight. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20142864. [Winner of the 2015 G.G. Simpson Prize]

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Field, D.J., Leblanc, A., Gau, A., Behlke, A.D. 2015. Pelagic neonatal fossils support viviparity and precocial life history of Cretaceous mosasaurs. Palaeontology 58(3): 401-407. doi: 10.1111/pala.12165.


Hsiang, A.Y., Field, D.J., Webster, T.H., Belker, A.D., Davis, M., Racicot, R.A., Gauthier, J.A. 2015. The origin of snakes: Revealing the ecology, behavior, and evolutionary history of early snakes using genomics, phenomics, and the fossil record. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15:87. doi:10.1186/a12862-015-0358-5.

[Winner of the 2016 G.G. Simpson Prize]


Snow, S.S, Field, D.J., Musser, J.M. 2015. Competitive interactions in Grallaria antpittas: observations at a feeder. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 56(1): 89-93.


Field, D.J., Gauthier, J.A.G., King, B.L., Pisani, D., Lyson, T.R.L., Peterson, K.J. 2014. Toward consilience in reptile phylogeny: miRNAs support an archosaur, not lepidosaur, affinity for turtles. Evolution & Development 16(4): 189-196. doi: 10.1111/ede.12081. [Cover]

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Field, D.J., Lynner, C., Brown, C., Darroch, S.A.F. 2013. Skeletal correlates for body mass estimation in modern and fossil flying birds. PLoS ONE 8(11): e82000.

doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0082000.

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Mcnamara, M.E., Briggs, D.E.G., Orr, P.J., Field, D.J., Wang, Z. 2013. Experimental maturation of feathers: implications for reconstructions of fossil feather colour. Biology Letters 9: 20130184.

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Field, D.J., D’Alba L., Vinther, J., Webb, S.M., Gearty, W., Shawkey, M.D. 2013. Melanin concentration gradients in modern and fossil feathers. PLoS ONE 8(3): e59451. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0059451.

[Winner of the 2013 G.G. Simpson Prize]

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Longrich, N.R., Field, D.J. 2012. Torosaurus is not Triceratops: Ontogeny in chasmosaurine ceratopsids as a case study in dinosaur taxonomy. PLoS ONE 7(2): e32623. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0032623.


Longrich, N., Tokaryk, T., Field, D.J. 2011. Mass extinction of birds at the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(37):15253-15257.


Field, D.J., Ben-Zvi, M., Lin, S.C., Goldbogen, J.A., Shadwick, R.E. 2011. Convergent evolution in rorqual whales and pelicans driven by similar feeding mechanics. The Anatomical Record 294:1273-1282. [Cover]

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Field, D.J., Campbell-Malone, R., Goldbogen, J.A., Shadwick, R. 2010. Quantitative computed tomography of humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mandibles: mechanical implications for rorqual lunge-feeding. The Anatomical Record 293:1240-1247.

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