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Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar

Associate Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Yale University and Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology and Vertebrate Zoology, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Vertebrate paleontology and comparative anatomy.


Postdoctoral Researchers

Christopher Griffin

2020-present. NSF PRFB Fellow. From 2024, Assistant Professor of Geosciences, Princeton. Archosaurs. Locomotor evolution and development.


2022-present. NSF PRFB Fellow. From 2024, Assistant Professor of Biology, Utah Valley. Morphological adaptation in the fossil record.


2022-present. YIBS Donnelley Fellow & NSF PRFB Fellow. Synovial joint development, evolution, and functional morphology.

Graduate Students


2018-present. Early evolution of amniotes, with emphasis on skeletal anatomy of early reptiles. Early reptile systematics. Sensory evolution.


2018-present. Limb evolution and development in aquatic tetrapods. Cranial evolution, function, and development of archosaurs.


2019-present. Reptile palate anatomy and evolution. Early Coelurosaur and Crocodylomorph anatomy and phylogenetics. Dromaeosaur anatomy and alpha taxonomy.


2022-present. Reptile evolution during the Mesozoic. Evolution and development of the brain in Sauria.

Undergraduate Students


2020-present. Archosaur skull evolution and functional morphology. Avian cranial kinesis.


2022-present. Coprolites from the Late Triassic Chinle Formation and their paleoecological implications.

Lab Alumni

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Postdoctoral Researcher 2020-2023. Now: Postdoctoral Researcher at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Palatal evolution and development in amniotes. 


Graduate Student 2015-2022 (co-advised with Günter Wagner). Now: Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Michigan. Evolution, development, and function of facial musculature.


Postdoctoral Researcher 2016-2019. Now: Researcher at Catholic University of Chilé.


Research Assistant 2021-2023. 


Graduate Student 2015-2021. Now: Assistant Professor of Functional Anatomy and Evolution at Johns Hopkins University. Brain and braincase co-evolution and development in archosaurs.

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Feng Li

Visiting PhD Student 2017.

Michael Hanson

Graduate Student 2014-2022. Now: Postdoctoral Researcher at Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Avialan cranial evolution, function, and development.

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Visiting PhD Student 2019-2020. Now: Graduate Student at Chinese Academy of Sciences. 


Postdoctoral Researcher 2015-2017. Now: Assistant Curator of Paleontology at Virginia Museum of Natural History.


Postdoctoral Researcher 2018-2021. Now: Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina Charlotte. Molecular evolution of olfactory and neural genes, brain evo-devo.


Postdoctoral Researcher 2018-2019. Now: Research Scientist at RIKEN Institute for Developmental Biology.


Postdoctoral Researcher, 2016. Now: Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences and Strickland Curator of Ornithology at Cambridge University.


Graduate Student 2016-2021. Now: Humboldt Research Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Berlin. Musculoskeletal development and homology across Tetrapoda.


Postdoctoral Researcher 2016-2019. Now: Assistant Professor of Biology at Catholic University of Chilé.

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