Mesozoic vertebrate palaeontology of India

    My central research interest is to investigate morphological variation across the traditionally disparate fields of palaeontology, neontology, and development.  As this work highlights the need for good fossil material to test models with empirical data, I also engage in field work.  In India, I have been working with Prof. G.V.R. Prasad (University of Delhi) since 2004, exploring late Triassic to late Cretaceous terrestrial deposits for vertebrate fossils.  Our fieldwork has spanned several regions, from Gujarat to Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.  This fieldwork has increased the material for the first Cretaceous mammal from India, Deccanolestes hislopi, as well as extensive collections of terrestrial and marine vertebrates from the poorly studied Cauvery Basin in southern India.  We are currently completing a comprehensive phylogenetic analysis of this new material and its relevance for the time and place of placental mammal origination. We have recently described new dental and postcranial material and are using 3-D morphometric analyses to assess functional morphology of postcranial elements and shape variation and occlusal fit in dentition.  

    Photos of recent expeditions:

    Gujarat 2006

    Cauvery Basin 2007