Mohd Shafi Bhat
Department of Geosciences
Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Areas: Vertebrate Paleontology; Paleobiology; Bone histology of extant and extinct vertebrates; Gondwana stratigraphy

Office: 2080 Beard Eaves Coliseum


Curriculum vitae


Ph.D., Vertebrate Paleontology, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
M. Tech., Earth System Science & Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
M.Sc., Applied Geology, Aligarh Muslim University
B.Sc. (Hons.) Geology, Aligarh Muslim University

Professional Employment
Postdoctoral Fellow, Auburn University
2024 - Present
Lecturer, University of Kashmir
2022 - 2023
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cape Town
2018 - 2021

Research and Teaching Interests

I am interested in fossil vertebrate evolution using their morphology (taxonomy) and bone microstructure (histology) as a proxy to reconstruct their paleobiology (e.g. feeding mechanism, growth regimes, lifestyle adaptations, and evolutionary trends) and paleoecology. I am especially intrigued about how bone growth varies among different elements of the skeleton and how this has shaped the evolution of animal diversity and lifestyle adaptations.

Selected Publications

  1. Bhat M.S., Datta, D., Ray, S. & Datta, P.M. 2023. A new clevosaurid (Lepidosauria: Rhynchocephalia) from the Upper Triassic of India. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. (Category Quartile: Q1-Palaeontology; Impact Factor 2.558; Taylor & Francis for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. ISSN: 1937-2809).
  2. Bhat, M.S., Chinsamy, A., & Parkington, J. 2023. Bone histology of Neogene angulate tortoises (Testudines: Testudinidae) from South Africa: palaeobiological and skeletochronological implications. Royal Society Open Science 10: 230064. (Category Quartile: Q1-Multidisciplinary; Impact Factor 3.653; The Royal Society, United Kingdom. ISSN: 2054-5703).
  3. Bhat M.S., Shelton, C.D., Chinsamy, A. 2022. Bone histology of dinocephalians (Therapsida, Dinocephalia): palaeobiological and palaeoecological inferences. Papers in Palaeontology, 8: e1411. (Category Quartile: Q1-Palaeontology; Impact Factor 3.349; The Palaeontological Association, Wiley-Blackwell, United Kingdom. ISSN: 2056–2802).
  4. Bhat, M.S., Shelton, C.D., & Chinsamy, A. 2021. Bone histology of the graviportal dinocephalian therapsid Jonkeria from the Middle Permian Tapinocephalus Assemblage Zone of the Karoo Basin of South Africa. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 66 (4): 705–721. (Category Quartile: Q2-Palaeontology; Impact Factor 2.108; Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences. ISSN: 1732–2421).
  5. Bhat, M.S., Shelton, C.D., Chinsamy, A. 2021. Inter-element variation in the bone histology of Anteosaurus (Dinocephalia, Anteosauridae) from the Tapinocephalus Assemblage Zone of the Karoo Basin of South Africa. PeerJ 9:e12082. (Category QuartileQ2- Multidisciplinary Sciences; Impact Factor 3.061; O'Reilly and SAGE. ISSN: 2167–8359).

Last updated: 02/01/2024