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Bhart-Anjan Bhullar

Anjan Bhullar

I am broadly interested in major features of the evolution of cranial and cervical development within Amniota. My current research focuses on the evolution and development of the face in Archosauria (birds and crocodiles). I also work in classical comparative anatomy and paleontology, particularly but not limited to that of reptiles. Read more . . .

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Bhullar B-AS, Marugán-Lobón J, Racimo F, Bever GS, Norell MA, Rowe TB, Abzhanov A. 2012. Birds have paedomorphic dinosaur skulls. Nature 487: 223-226.

Longrich NR, Bhullar B-AS, Gauthier JA. 2012. A transitional snake from the Late Cretaceous of North America. Nature 488: 205-208.

Longrich NR, Bhullar B-AS, Gauthier JA. In press. Mass extinction of lizards and snakes at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.

Bhullar B-AS. 2012. A phylogenetic approach to ontogeny and heterochrony in the fossil record: Cranial evolution and development in anguimorphan lizards (Reptilia: Squamata). Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution (online early view).

Kennedy AM, Bhullar B-AS, Lewis PJ. In press. Preliminary analysis of the fossil herpetofauna from the Koanaka Hills site, Ngamiland, Northwestern Botswana. Palaeontologia Africana.

Ortiz D, Lewis PJ, Kennedy AM, Bhullar B-AS, Hancox J. In press. Preliminary analysis of Dipnoi (lungfish) fossils from Driefontein, South Africa. Palaeontologia Africana.

Bhullar B-AS. 2011. The power and utility of morphological characters in systematics: A fully resolved phylogeny of Xenosaurus and its fossil relatives (Squamata: Anguimorpha). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 160(3): 65-181.

Bhullar B-AS. 2010. Cranial osteology of Exostinus serratus, fossil sister taxon to the enigmatic clade Xenosaurus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 159: 921-953.

Lyson, TR, Bever BS, Bhullar B-AS, Joyce WG, Gauthier JA. 2010. Transitional fossils and the origin of turtles. Biology Letters 6: 830-833.

Bhullar B-AS, Bever GS. 2009. An archosaur-like laterosphenoid in early turtles (Reptilia: Pantestudines). Breviora of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 518: 1-11.

Bhullar B-AS. 2009. A reevaluation of the unusual abdominal musculature of squamate reptiles (Reptilia: Squamata). The Anatomical Record 292(8): 1154-1161.

Bhullar B-S, Smith KT. 2008. Helodermatid lizard from the Miocene of Florida, the evolution of the dentary in Helodermatidae, and comments on dentary morphology in Varanoidea. Journal of Herpetology 42(2):286-302.

Smith KT, Bhullar B-S, Holroyd PA. 2008. Earliest record of the Varanus stem-clade (Squamata: Varanidae) from the Early Oligocene of Egypt. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28(3): 909-913.

Bhullar B-S, Bell CJ. 2008. Osteoderms of the California legless lizard Anniella and their relevance for considerations of miniaturization. Copeia 2008(4): 785-793