The period immediately following the Cretaceous-Palaeogene mass extinction saw the rise of most extant mammalian clades, but these are usually left out of macroevolutionary analyses because of great uncertainty in the relationships of Paleocene forms. We have conducted extensive phylogenetic analyses of Cretaceous and Paleogene mammals and analysed evolutionary rates and disparity across the K/Pg boundary to elucidate this important period in the evolution of the modern biota. These studies have demonstrated that placental mammals originated in the latest Cretaceous but experienced an incredible increase in evolutionary rates and morphological disparity in the wake of the K/Pg mass extinction. With funding from the Leverhulme Trust, we are now expanding these studies by incorporating genomic data and more recent taxa to compare molecular and morphological evolution and unify these rich and complementary sources of data. We are also examining diversity dynamics of mammals after correcting for sampling and using these data to reconstruct the evolution of latitudinal biodiversity gradients in deep time. Finally, we are expanding knowledge of K/Pg mammal evolution with fieldwork in undersampled regions of the world, including India and Argentina
T.J.D. Halliday and A. Goswami. 2016. The impact of dating method on interpreting continuous trait evolution: eutherian body size evolution at the Cretaceous-Palaeogene mass extinction. Biology Letters, 12 (8), 20160051.
T.J.D. Halliday, P. Upchurch, and A. Goswami. 2016. Eutherians experience elevated evolutionary rates in the immediate aftermath of the Cretaceous-Palaeogene mass extinction. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283 (1833), 20153026.
T.J.D. Halliday, P. Upchurch, and A. Goswami. 2016. Resolving the relationship of Palaeocene placental mammals. Biological Reviews, in press (published online in 2015).
T.J.D. Halliday and A. Goswami. 2016. Eutherian morphological disparity across the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 118,152–168.
E. Newham, R. Benson, P. Upchurch, and A. Goswami. 2014. Mesozoic mammaliaform diversity: the effect of sampling corrections on reconstructions of evolutionary dynamics. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 412: 32-44.
P. Mannion, P. Upchurch, R.J.B. Benson, and A. Goswami. 2014. The latitudinal biodiversity gradient through deep time. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29: 42-50.
A.-C. Fabre, R. Cornette, A. Perrard, D. Boyer, G.V.R. Prasad, J. Hooker, A. Goswami. 2014. A three-dimensional morphometric analysis of the locomotory ecology of Deccanolestes, a eutherian mammal from the late Cretaceous of India. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 34: 146-156.
T.J.D. Halliday, A. Goswami. 2013. Testing the inhibitory cascade model in Mesozoic and Cenozoic mammaliaforms. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 13, 1: 79.
G.V.R. Prasad, O. Verma, J.J. Flynn, A. Goswami. 2013. A new Late Cretaceous vertebrate fauna from the Cauvery basin, South India: Implications for Gondwanan palaeobiogeography. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33: 1260-1268.
A. Goswami. 2012. A dating success story: genomes and fossils converge on placental mammal origins. BMC EvoDevo, 3: 18.
R.B.J. Benson, P.D. Mannion, R.J. Butler, P. Upchurch, A. Goswami, S. Evans. 2012. Cretaceous tetrapod fossil record sampling and faunal turnover: implications for biogeography and the rise of modern clades. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 372: 88-107.
A. Goswami, G.V.R. Prasad, P. Upchurch, D. Boyer, E. Seiffert, E. Gheerbrant, O. Verma, J.J. Flynn. 2011. A radiation of basal arboreal eutherians beginning in the late Cretaceous of India. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA,108: 16333-16338.
G.V.R.Prasad, O. Verma, E. Gheerbrant, A. Goswami, V. Parmar, A. Khosla & Ashok Sahni. 2010. First mammal evidence from the Late Cretaceous of India for biotica dispersal between India and Africa at the K/T transition. Comptes Rendus Palevol, 9: 63-71.
D.M. Boyer, G.V.R. Prasad, D.W. Krause, M. Godinot, A. Goswami, O. Verma, J.J. Flynn. 2010. New postcrania of Deccanolestes from the Late Cretaceous of India and their bearing on the evolutionary and biogeographic history of euarchontan mammals. Naturwissenschaften, 97(4): 365-377.
A. Goswami and P. Upchurch. 2010. The dating game: a reply to Heads (2010). Zoologica Scripta, 39: 406-409.