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Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology is the flagship publication of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The first issue of the journal appeared in 1981 and had 422 published pages. The total pages published yearly has increased steadily since then, but recent increases have been dramatic, leading to an all time high of 1245 published pages in 2008. The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology is published bimonthly by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in partnership with the Taylor & Francis Group. Frequently Asked Questions about the JVP’s transition to publisher Taylor & Francis.

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Bibliography of Fossil Vertebrates

The Bibliography of Fossil Vertebrates (BFV) aimed to index the world literature of vertebrate paleontology. Although no compilation can ever be complete, the BFV attempted to include every published scientific work that mentioned vertebrate fossils. In addition, it included works that dealt with closely related subjects such as evolutionary theory, geology, and the history of science, where relevant. Articles from newspapers and popular magazines were not included; nevertheless, the total number of references to books and published articles is in the neighborhood of 200,000. The bibliographies indexed literature by taxonomy, geologic age, geography and subject areas, although the indexing changed over the years. The contents of those bibliographies have been converted to a database that can be searched using subject and taxonomic indexes, covering the literature from 1509-1993.

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Dinosaur Paleobiology

Dinosaur Paleobiology


Dinosaur Paleobiology

The study of dinosaurs has been experiencing a remarkable renaissance over the past few decades. Scientific understanding of dinosaur anatomy, biology, and evolution has advanced to such a degree that paleontologists often know more about 100-million-year-old dinosaurs than many species of living organisms. This book provides a contemporary review of dinosaur science intended for students, researchers, and dinosaur enthusiasts.

It reviews the latest knowledge on dinosaur anatomy and phylogeny, how dinosaurs functioned as living animals, and the grand narrative of dinosaur evolution across the Mesozoic. A particular focus is on the fossil evidence and explicit methods that allow paleontologists to study dinosaurs in rigorous detail. Scientific knowledge of dinosaur biology and evolution is shifting fast, and this book aims to summarize current understanding of dinosaur science in a technical, but accessible, style, supplemented with vivid photographs and illustrations.

The Topics in Paleobiology Series is published in collaboration with the Palaeontological Association, and is edited by Professor Mike Benton, University of Bristol.

Books in the series provide a summary of the current state of knowledge, a trusted route into the primary literature, and will act as pointers for future directions for research. As well as volumes on individual groups, the series will also deal with topics that have a cross-cutting relevance, such as the evolution of significant ecosystems, particular key times and events in the history of life, climate change, and the application of a new techniques such as molecular palaeontology.
The books are written by leading international experts and will be pitched at a level suitable for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers in both the paleontological and biological sciences.

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Dinosaurs: The Science Behind the Stories

Dinosaurs: The Science Behind the Stories


Dinosaurs: the Science Behind the Stories

This book was the result of a collaborative effort between the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, The Paleontological Society, and the American Geological Institute.

The book’s editors, SVP members Judith G. Scotchmoor, Dale A. Springer, Brent H. Breithaupt, and Anthony R. Fiorillo, wanted a book that was different from the usual “cool info about dinosaurs” variety. They wanted to go deeper, to show how science is used to learn about dinosaurs. They explain further in this excerpt from the Foreward:

Dinosaurs and paleontology often provide the first steps that children take to learn more about the natural world. By the time those children begin school, more than likely they have mastered an “encyclopedic” knowledge of dinosaurs — their names, where they lived, when they lived, and on and on. They are primed for learning that Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor are not beasts of mythology, but are part of a now extinct natural world, and that science provides a way of better understanding that world. They are primed for learning more about science.

This book is much more than another dinosaur book. It focuses on how we know what we know. It is meant for the teacher, the parent, and the grandparent who can help that eager child move beyond the visual portrayal of a dinosaur to the science that provides that image. By concentrating on science as a process, we can provide students with more than just the facts. We can teach them how science works and thus provide them with skills that will be useful for their lifetimes.

This book also satisfies the thirst of the “more mature” dinosaur buff. It arouses the imagination and inspires further questions. It reminds the reader that paleontology is more than dinosaurs. Paleontology provides a record of past environmental changes and life’s responses to those changes. As such, paleontology can inform us about some of the dramatic patterns of change that are taking place today, about the disruptive influence of humanity on these patterns, and about how these changes may shape our future world.

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The SVP is a sponsor of Palaeontologia Electronica, an open-access peer-reviewed paleontological journal, published online twice yearly. In addition to scientific research articles, PE includes reviews of scientific, popular and children’s books, website annotations and teaching resources in paleontology.   In 2015 SVP granted CC-BY license to all articles published in Palaeontologia Electronica where the author designates SVP as copyright holder.

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