Dear members of the Danekræ committee,
I am writing to you to appraise three exceptional fossil bird specimens from Trelde Næs collected by Mr. Mogens Madsen - DK 419, 420 and 421. Each of these specimens, although small, is of considerable interest to avian palaeontologists because they are so beautifully preserved and delicately prepared. I for one would love to have the chance to study this material in more detail. At first glance, at least one of these specimens is immediately recognisable - DK 419 is a small example of the lower jaw of a 'pseudotoothed' bird, a member of the clade Odontopterygidae. Representatives of these taxa are extremely rare; only very few examples have to date been described from the Eocene of Europe. The other two specimens, DK 420 and DK 421, represent a partial pelvis and portions of the forelimb of additional small birds. They are also interesting additions to the Danish Eocene avifauna.
I hope that this appraisal will be of some use; it is my recommendation that these specimens should be declared Danekræ - fossil birds of this quality are rare from anywhere in the world but particularly from the European Eocene.