Lecture: Fossils as a Birdwatcher’s Time Machine

The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 314 Unquowa Road will host a presentation: Fossils as a Birdwatcher’s Time Machine, by Daniel Field, an evolutionary paleontologist currently based at Yale University on Monday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

Numbering more than 10,000 living species, birds are the most diverse group of terrestrial vertebrate animals. In addition to occupying practically every ecosystem from the poles, to tropical rainforests, to deserts and the open ocean, birds exhibit an incredible variety of forms, colors, and lifestyles. But how, when, and why did this amazing variety originate?

The fossil record preserves the only direct evidence of the history of birdlife, and recent discoveries have shed light on many critical events in bird evolutionary history. Field will share his research explaining how 150-million-year-old dinosaur fossils record the initial stages of avian flight, and how more recent fossils show that North America was formerly inhabited by tropical bird groups now restricted to Africa.

Photos by Daniel Field

Photos by Daniel Field

Daniel Field is a paleontologist, zoologist, and wildlife photographer, studying the evolution of vertebrate animals (especially birds). He recently received his Ph.D. in paleontology from Yale, and now divides his time between photographing wildlife, hunting for fossils, and studying evolution in the lab. As of January 2017 he will be a Prize Fellow (junior tenure-track faculty) at the University of Bath, UK.

Space is limited.

Program is free to members, $10 for non-members.

To reserve a spot register online or contact [email protected]; 203-259-0416, ext. 106.

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