Genus: Asteriornis FIELD, BENITO, CHEN, JAGT & KSEPKA, 2020
Etymology: Greek, name of the Titan goddess Asteria and Latin, ornis, “bird”: In Greek mythology Asteria is the goddess of falling stars and transforms herself into a quail - attributes that are refelected by both the impending Cretaceous-Palaeogene (K-Pg) asteroid impact and the galloanseran affinities of Asteriornis.

Species: maastrichtensis FIELD, BENITO, CHEN, JAGT & KSEPKA, 2020
Etymology: In reference to the provenance of the holotype-Maastricht Formation, the type locality of the Late Cretaceous Maastrichtian stage.

Holotype: NHMM 2013 008

Locality: CBR-Romontbos Quarry, Eben-Emael, Liege, Belgium.

Horizon: Valkenburg Member, Maastricht Formation.


Age: Maastrichtian Stage, Upper Senonian Subepoch, Upper Gulf Epoch, Late Cretaceous.

Material: A nearly complete, articulated skull including mandibles and associated postcranial remains. Premaxillae, maxillae, nasals, frontals, laterosphenoid, basisphenoid, mesethmoid left quadrate, left jugal, right palatine and lower jaws, incomplete femora, tibiotarsi, tarsometatarsus and radius.