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tiny-svp-cover-(2).jpgSVP 2017 Program and abstracts book is now available for download!

Click here to download the SVP 2017 Program and Abstracts Book in pdf format.

Click here to purchase the printed version of the SVP 2017 Program and Abstracts Book. 

Click here to download a copy of the onsite program in pdf format. 

If you would like to view the circular, it's at

Each year, vertebrate paleontologists, preparators, writers, artists and enthusiasts convene to share the latest research, attend workshops and field trips, and meet new fossil fans as well as old friends. It’s the world’s foremost forum on vertebrate paleontology: the Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. It’s usually referred to simply as “SVP”.

The 77th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

All non-Canadian attendees, including family members, guests, and exhibitors, should carry a copy of the Canadian Border Services Agency letter that recognizes the 77th SVP Annual Meeting in order to facilitate crossing the border into Canada. Click here to download a copy of the letter. 

SVP-ART-2017.jpgAbout the 2017 Meeting Logo
The SVP 2017 logo is reconstruction of UALVP 52613, a juvenile Chasmosaurus belli found at Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta in 2010, drawn by Alberta paleoartist Michael Skrepnick. The description of this specimen was published in 2016 in JVP:

Welcome to Calgary!

Welcome to the Stampede City! Located where the prairies meet the mountains, Calgary has long been the starting point for expeditions into North America’s natural history riches. With several UNESCO World Heritage sites nearby, including Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Burgess Shale, we are confident you will find appealing vertebrate fossils, no matter your interest.

There are numerous museums and sites of interest both within the city limits or a short drive from Calgary. The world renowned Royal Tyrrell Museum is an hour and a half drive away, and Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump, another UNESCO World Heritage site, is similarly nearby. Three hours away are the Walcott Quarry to the west in Yoho National Park (Field, BC)  and Dinosaur Provincial Park to the east (Brooks, AB). Also 3 hours’ drive away is the collection at the Laboratory of Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. For the adventurous, consider visits to the Philip Currie Museum of Palaeontology in Grand Prairie, AB, and the Peace River Palaeontological Research Centre in Tumbler Ridge, BC. Between all of these points are some of the world’s richest fossil deposits from Cretaceous and Cenozoic times.
We have located this year’s Annual Meeting in the heart of downtown, and amenities for all tastes and budgets are available via a short stroll down the Stephen Ave. pedestrian mall. Please venture out and enjoy our famous hospitality!

2017 Annual Meeting Host Committee
Jessica Theodor (Co chair), Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary
Jason Anderson (Co chair), Department of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine, University of Calgary
Darla Zelenitsky, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Calgary
Alex Dutchak, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Calgary
Susanne Cote, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary
Mona Marsovsky, Alberta Palaeontological Society, Calgary
Francois Therrien, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller
Craig Scott, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller
Eva Koppelhus, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Philip Currie, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton