Society News

10th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, July 8-12, 2013

Posted: May 29, 2012
This congress has been held in Punta del Este, Paris and Florida in the past, and has served as a wonderful platform for interaction among scientists interested in vertebrate structure. Historically, paleontologists have made great contributions to the meeting and have been a very strong constituency.     Please pre-register for the meeting  http://icvm2013.com/ to ensure that you are on the mailing list fo...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Fossil Sale Unacceptable

Posted: May 22, 2012
BETHESDA (May 23, 2012) – Members of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology are troubled about the sale of dinosaur specimens at auction in New York last Sunday (May 20). Renowned dinosaur paleontologist and SVP President, Dr. Philip Currie, commented, “The illegal collection and sale of fossils like “Tyrannosaurus” (Tarbosaurus) bataar is no better than poaching.”   The ethics by-law of...  Read More

New! Computational Paleophysiology Course

Posted: May 17, 2012
The University of Utah is offering a new course this summer - Computational Paleophysiology, which will include both a lab component and a week in the field with Dr. Jim Kirkland the Utah State Paleontologist.   Read More

PRESS RELEASE - An Ancient Killer Coelacanth from Canada

Posted: May 3, 2012
DEERFIELD, IL (April 2012) – Coelacanths are iconic fishes, well-known as ‘living fossils.’ The group was thought to have died out with the dinosaurs until a living one was caught in 1938 off the coast of South Africa, sending shock waves through the scientific world. More than 70 years later, a new extinct coelacanth is causing more waves in the scientific community because it had a tuna-like forked tail and was pr...  Read More

Deadline Extended to April 13 - Romer and Colbert Abstract Submissions

Posted: April 3, 2012
Deadline Extended to Friday, April 13 at Noon Central Time USA Don't delay! Submit an abstract for the Romer Prize and Colbert presentations. Earn recognition from your peers in the vertebrate paleontology community. Submit your abstract today for these awards, which recognize outstanding predoctoral and student work. The Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize recognizes an outstanding scientific contribution in...  Read More

SVP Announces the New Albert E. Wood Award

Posted: April 2, 2012
Apply for the NEW Albert E. Wood Award by May 7 The SVP is excited to announce a new award named in honor of Dr. Albert E. Wood. He was a charter member of the SVP and unofficially served as curator of the vertebrate paleontological collections of Amherst College’s Pratt Museum of Geology, which included the famous “fossil bird” footprints. Learn more about Dr. Wood. The purpose of the award is to...  Read More

Annual Meeting Circular Now Available

Posted: March 27, 2012
For more details about the SVP 72nd Annual Meeting, download the meeting circular today! (PDF, 5MB)   Read More

PRESS RELEASE - New Fossil Penguin from New Zealand May be the Biggest Ever

Posted: February 28, 2012
DEERFIELD, IL (February 2012) – Penguins are hot today, despite being usually found in the cold.  They've become icons of wildlife as they walked with their Happy Feet into pop-culture.  They've been popular with paleontologist as well, and new finds in New Zealand have shed light on the early fossil members of this intriguing group of birds.     &nb...  Read More

Change in SVP Management Association

Posted: February 22, 2012
Change in SVP Management Association 2012, February 22nd I am writing to notify you of a change in the association that manages the SVP. In June 2012, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biologists (FASEB) will take over management of the society from the Sherwood Group. The SVP Executive Committee reached this decision after several months of assessing our current levels of service, assessing the Sherwood G...  Read More

Now Accepting Submissions for SVP Abstracts and Awards

Posted: February 21, 2012
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is now accepting abstracts for the SVP 72nd Annual Meeting, October 17-20, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Learn more. We also encourage you to apply, or nominate a worthy colleague, for an SVP award, prize or grant.  Learn more.  Read More

5th International Symposium on Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, September 14-20, 2012

Posted: February 19, 2012
5th International Symposium on Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, September 14-20, 2012 The Zhejiang Museum of Natural History in HangZhou, China, will be hosting the 5th International Symposium on Dinosaur Eggs and Babies on September 14–20, 2012. The symposium will include platform presentations, posters, a one-day pre-meeting field trip and  a two-day post meeting field trip. For details, including registration materials an...  Read More

Thank You from Japan Specimen Rescue

Posted: February 13, 2012
November 28, 2011   On behalf of Japan Specimen Rescue, thank you for your support of Japanese museums damaged by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.  Japan Specimen Rescue is a long-term project to recover specimens from museums damaged in the affected area.  Recently, Japanese participants at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Pale...  Read More

View the 2012 SVP Election Slate

Posted: January 30, 2012
SVP members are encouraged to view the 2012 SVP Election Slate.  You will be asked for your member user name and password. The SVP election for 2012 will be held by electronic ballot starting March 30 and ending May 18, 2012 at midnight Central Time Zone (USA). All members will be E-mailed unique election passcodes to access the voting site on March 30.  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Paleontologists give Madagascar’s fiercest dinosaur a hand

Posted: January 12, 2012
DEERFIELD, IL  (January, 2012) – 66 million years ago, the fearsome, meat-eating dinosaur Majungasaurus crenatissimus prowled the semi-arid lowlands of Madagascar. Its powerful jaws bristled with bladelike teeth, and its strong legs terminated in formidable claws. Not even its own kin were safe, for given the chance, Majungasaurus was known to engage in cannibalism. Now, a new study published in the Journal of Vertebrat...  Read More

SVP Honors Achievements in Paleontology

Posted: November 29, 2011
DEERFIELD, IL (November 29, 2011) -  The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology presented 19 awards in 14 categories earlier this month at their annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.  From student articles to digital modeling, the awards recognize an array of important contributions to the field of vertebrate paleontology.   The Society’s highest honor, the A.S. Romer – G.G. Simpson Medal, was given to Al...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Uniquely Preserved Whale Fossil Shows Important Characters of the Transition to Water

Posted: November 8, 2011
DEERFIELD, ILLINOIS (November, 2011) – Decorative stone is often used in buildings for its strength and durability but is not often thought of as a hiding place for fossils. If not for an observant Italian stonecutter, a recently discovered fossil whale specimen from Egypt might have become part of the edifice of some new skyscraper rather than the focus of a scientific study. This fossil skull and partial rib cage, described i...  Read More

Happy National Fossil Day™!

Posted: October 12, 2011
October 12 is National Fossil Day™ in the U.S.  Read a message from SVP President Dr. Philip Currie.  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Teeny Teeth Indicate Ancient Shark Nurseries

Posted: September 9, 2011
DEERFIELD, IL (September 9, 2011) – Fuelled by Hollywood and its vision of Jaws, sharks conjure images of fearsome predators patrolling our seas in search of their next unfortunate victim. It is therefore hard to imagine sharks as relatively small, harmless fishes living in lakes and rivers, as many species were more than 200 million years ago. Some scientists have suggested that these ancient sharks bred in the shallows of fre...  Read More

The Paleontological Research Institution's 5th annual Summer Symposium, Aug 5-6, 2011

Posted: July 18, 2011
The Paleontological Research Institution's 5th annual Summer Symposium is rapidly approaching! Join us August 5th and 6th in gorgeous Ithaca, New York, for an opportunity to learn about current research in an informal environment. Enjoy food and drink while interacting with colleagues, explore our collections, spend the night in the museum (or enjoy a discount at local hotels), and experience fossil collecting with the "...  Read More

5th Annual Fossil Preparation and Collections Symposium, April 12–14, 2012

Posted: July 13, 2011
The Burke Museum at the University of Washington in Seattle will be hosting the 5th Annual Fossil Preparation and Collections Symposium on April 12–14, 2012. The symposium will include platform presentations, posters, roundtable discussions, workshops, and potentially a local field trip. Details, including registration materials and call for abstracts, will be posted on The University of Washington Burke Museum Website.  Read More
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