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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 78th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico October 17-20, 2018. 

Click here to download a pdf version of the SVP 2018 Abstracts and Program Book. 

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The logo for the 78th annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in 20182018-SVP-Logo-USE-THIS-ONE-(3).jpg was designed by Dino Pulerá, Janet Hevey, Robert Sullivan, and Thomas Williamson. It consists of a circular pattern inspired by ornamentation on prehistoric pottery attributed to the Mogollon culture of the Mimbres River Valley of southwestern New Mexico. The circle encloses a skull reconstruction of the Late Cretaceous tyrannosauroid Bistahieversor sealeyi (a.k.a., The Bisti Beast), a taxon known only from the late Campanian of the San Juan Basin, northwestern New Mexico. The type specimen of Bistahieversor is currently on display at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque.

For more information about how the skull was examined using a neutron imaging scan at Los Alamos National Laboratory, click here

October 17 – 20, 2018


The Host Committee of the 78th Annual Meeting is delighted to welcome all participants to the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s 2018 meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The meeting will take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center in downtown Albuquerque, which is a thriving center of dining and cultural opportunities.
It has been 25 years since the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting was held in New Mexico. This year’s meeting is co-hosted by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the University of New Mexico. The Museum recently celebrated its 30th anniversary (2016) and continues to fulfill its mission of preserving and interpreting the rich natural history of New Mexico.

Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico are world-renowned travel destinations and famous for their unique cuisine, intersection of indigenous, Anglo, and Hispanic cultures, and breathtaking scenic beauty.  Albuquerque is centrally located within the state and most state destinations are no more than a 4-hour-drive away. Located within Albuquerque are other points of interest such as the Old Town, the Albuquerque Biological Park, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and historic buildings along old Route 66. The city of Santa Fe is an hour drive north of Albuquerque and offers a variety of dining experiences and museums that highlight the unique history of New Mexico.

New Mexico contains a variety of rich and famous vertebrate fossil sites ranging from the late Paleozoic through the Quaternary.  Exceptional New Mexico fossil locales include the Pennsylvanian Kinney Brick Quarry, the Permian Prehistoric Trackways National Monument, the Triassic sites of the Ghost Ranch area, Cretaceous, Paleocene, and Eocene sites within the San Juan Basin, Miocene sites of the Española Basin, and numerous Pleistocene cave sites including Dry Cave, Sandia Cave, and U-Bar Cave.

We invite everyone to attend the welcome reception at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science where we will highlight many recent fossil discoveries from New Mexico. We hope you will enjoy all that New Mexico and Albuquerque has to offer during the 78th Annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. We can’t wait to show you around!

Welcome to the Land of Enchantment!

78th Annual Meeting Host Committee

2018 Annual Meeting Host Committee
Thomas Williamson (Co-chair), NMMNHS
Phil Gensler (Co-chair), BLM
Dianna Flores, NMMNHS  
Kristin Hsueh, NMMNHS  
Margie Marino, NMMNHS  
Jason Moore, UNM Honors College
Gary Morgan, NMMNHS
Lannois Neely, NM Friends of Paleontology
Kat Schroeder, UNM Biology
Felisa Smith, UNM Biology
Robert Sullivan, NMMNHS
Nicole Ridgewell, NMMNHS
Mateusz Wosik, NMMNHS