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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

PRESS RELEASE - Tough Turtles Survive Cretaceous Meteorite Impact

Posted: July 12, 2011
DEERFIELD, IL (12 July 2011) – New fossil localities from North Dakota and Montana have produced the remains of a turtle that survived the 65 million-year-old meteorite impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. The resulting study, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, suggests that Boremys, a turtle that belongs to a group known as the baenids (bay-een-ids) survived the extinction event unharmed. ...  Read More

JVP: Impact Factor Increases; Turnaround Time Decreases

Posted: July 6, 2011
We are pleased to announce two new reasons to submit your paper to the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: ·         The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology had an ISI Science Citation Index Impact Factor of 2.241, and an increase in its 5-year Impact Factor to 2.375, ranking it at 8 out of 40 journals in the Paleontology category at ISI. ·      ...  Read More

4th International Paleontological Congress

Posted: July 5, 2011
Learn more about the 4th International Palaeontological Congress, IPC 2014, to be held from September 28 to October 3, 2014, in Mendoza, Argentina.  Read More

The 2011 SVP Election Results are NOW IN

Posted: June 17, 2011
The SVP 2011 Election Results are now in. Congratulations to the new Member-at-Large Director, Christian A. Sidor from the University of Washington. The SVP election for 2011 was held by electronic ballot starting Monday, February 21, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. Central Time Zone (USA) and ended Monday, May 23, 2011, at midnight Central Time Zone (USA). The SVP Nominating Committee members are John Flynn...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - New Skull of Juvenile Tarbosaurus (Asia's "T.Rex") from Gobi Desert Indicates Different Feeding Strategy than Adults

Posted: May 10, 2011
New Skull of Juvenile Tarbosaurus (Asia's "T.Rex") from Gobi Desert Indicates Different Feeding Strategy than Adults DEERFIELD, IL (May 3, 2011) - There is little, if any, argument as to which dinosaur is the favorite among children in the U.S. – western North America’s own Tyrannosaurus rex wins hands down. But children in Asia have their own home-grown favorite in T. rex’s very close cou...  Read More

SVP: Call for Technical Editor

Posted: March 24, 2011
The SVP Publications Committee seeks an individual to fill the role as a third Technical Editor for the JVP. This is a 3-year position that would involve reviewing manuscripts to ensure that they comply with Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for JVP. Other duties include: unsubmitting any  manuscripts out of compliance and providing the author with a detailed listing of the necessary corrections in a letter that accompani...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Giant Extinct Rabbit was the King of Minorca

Posted: March 22, 2011
  DEERFIELD, IL (MARCH 21, 2011) – On the small island of Minorca, a popular European tourist destination, researchers have unearthed an enormous fossil rabbit skeleton. A recent study published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology highlights this new find off the coast of Spain. This massive rabbit, aptly named the Minorcan King of the Rabbits (Nuralagus rex), weighed in at 12 kg (26.4 lbs)! — approxim...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Award Renamed for Mary R. Dawson, Renowned Paleontologist

Posted: March 10, 2011
DEERFIELD, IL (MARCH 1, 2011) – In honor of one of its most acclaimed members, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology has renamed one of its most prestigious awards.  Given every year, the Mary R. Dawson Grant, formerly the Predoctoral Fellowship Grant, recognizes and supports graduate student research excellence by providing a cash grant of $3,000 USD awarded at the SVP annual meeting. Dr. Mary Dawson is Cura...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Bright Idea Sheds Light on Snake Legs

Posted: February 8, 2011
DEERFIELD, IL (January 2011) - Novel three-dimensional (3D) imaging technology has provided an unparalleled view of the legs of an ancient snake. The study, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, suggests that snakes lost their legs by growing them more slowly or for a shorter period of time. The researchers hope the new data will help resolve a heated debate about the snake origins: whether they ...  Read More

The Taylor & Francis Award for Best Student Article in the JVP now accepting submissions

Posted: February 7, 2011
The 2010 Taylor & Francis Award for Best Student Article in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology is now accepting submissions. If you are an eligible student author (please see award criteria) and you have not been contacted by the Senior Editors, please contact the Committee Chair of the Taylor & Francis Award for Best Student Article in the JVP, Zerina Johanson, as soon as possible to confirm your eligibility.   Read More

SVP 71st Annual Meeting Abstract submission and Award application dates now posted

Posted: January 14, 2011
2011 Abstract submission and Award application dates are now posted on the SVP 71st Annual Meeting home page. Click here to find out more about each award for 2011.   Read More

Call for Memoir proposals

Posted: January 5, 2011
A Memoir provides the opportunity for publishing single major works that are too lengthy to be considered for Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (JVP) articles, as well as collections of shorter papers with a single theme (e.g., symposium proceedings) that might appropriately be published in a single volume. The Memoir is published and mailed with an issue of the JVP. Click here for more details. Proposals shou...  Read More

Patterson Memorial Grant Now Accepting Applications

Posted: January 3, 2011
The Patterson Memorial Grant, named in honor of Dr. Bryan Patterson, supports graduate and undergraduate student field work in vertebrate paleontology. The application date for this award is earlier than most SVP awards so the winners can utilize the grant funds for summer projects.   The Patterson Memorial Grant award amount this year is $2,700. To apply for this award, follow the instructions on the Pat...  Read More

2011 SVP Program for Scientists from Economically Developing Nations Now Accepting Applications

Posted: January 3, 2011
The SVP Program for Scientists from Economically Developing Nations is now accepting applications for the the SVP 71st  Annual Meeting to be held in Las Vegas, NV, USA in 2011. The submission deadline is Tuesday, February 15, 2011 noon Central Time USA. See the SEDN Web page for submission details.   Nancy Stevens, SEDN Chair  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Bizarre reptile challenges notion of crocodiles as ‘living fossils’

Posted: December 9, 2010
DEERFIELD, IL  (November, 2010) – The 20-odd species of living alligators and crocodiles are nearly all that remains of what was once an incredibly diverse group of reptiles called crocodyliforms. Recent discoveries of fossil crocodyliforms have revealed that some of these reptiles, instead of conforming to traditional crocodile norms (long snout, conical teeth, strong jaw and long tail) possessed a dazzling array of ad...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Oldest dinosaur embryos give insights into infancy and growth

Posted: November 12, 2010
DEERFIELD, IL  (November, 2010) – After sitting in collections for nearly 30 years, some remarkably well-preserved dinosaur eggs and their contents are offering new insights into the infancy and growth of early dinosaurs. They represent the oldest embryos of any land-dwelling vertebrate ever found. Image 1 The eggs, found in 1976 in South Africa, date from the early part of t...  Read More

SVP President Philip Currie receives The Alberta Order of Excellence

Posted: October 27, 2010
Famed paleontologist Philip Currie often spends his night in tents and days in dust. He recently returned to his Edmonton home from Mongolia, and will travel to Antarctica late this year to help unearth another dinosaur. However, on Wednesday, Alberta's well-known fossil hunter was clad in a tuxedo and mingled with politicians and provincial leaders at Government House as he was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence....  Read More
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