Society News

Dome-Headed Dinosaurs Did More than Just Butt Heads

Posted: October 22, 2012
RALEIGH, NC (October, 2012) – We have all seen nature shows with footage of bighorn sheep rearing up and "butting heads" with each other using their heads and enlarged horns. People often assume other animals with horns and comparable head structures have similar behaviors. For a long time this was the case for the dome-headed dinosaurs, the pachycephalosaurids (pack-y-sef-a-lo-sore-ids), who were thought to use th...  Read More

Mysterious Feathered Dinosaur was Agile Flyer

Posted: October 22, 2012
RALEIGH, NC (October, 2012) – In 2003, a mysterious and surprising dinosaur was discovered that possessed not only wings on its arms but also long feathers on each leg forming a “hind wing.” This was a completely new and unexpected body plan for a vertebrate (backboned) animal. Named Microraptor, this enigmatic animal set off a firestorm of debate about the role of “hind wings” and their importance in...  Read More

Flower Power

Posted: October 22, 2012
RALEIGH, NC (October, 2012) – A report at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Raleigh, North Carolina, explores the idea that the evolution of flowering plants (angiosperms) during the Cretaceous Period had a profound effect on the early diversification of mammals during the same time frame. Paleontologists investigate life on earth, often discovering and describing new forms and evolutionary...  Read More

Fossil Discovery Sheds Light on One of Evolution’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries: the Origin of Jaws

Posted: October 22, 2012
RALEIGH, NC (October, 2012) – The origin of jaws marks one of the biggest events in our deep evolutionary history, yet how and when this occurred is still one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of modern science. New fossil discoveries coming out of Southern China are shedding light on this problem, showing that ancient bone-covered jawless fishes called ‘galeapsids,’ which lived about 420 million years ago, had beg...  Read More

Oldest Primate Lived in Trees after the Extinction of Dinosaurs

Posted: October 22, 2012
RALEIGH, NC (October, 2012) – The Cretaceous-age Hell Creek Formation of Montana is best known for the discovery over a century ago of Tyrannosaurus rex. It also has produced some of the best fossils from the end of the Age of the Dinosaurs about 65 million years ago. At that time, the planet experienced a mass extinction that wiped out many species including non-avian dinosaurs. However, for many mammals, including our own anc...  Read More

Extinct Fossils Reveal their Genetic Pattern

Posted: October 22, 2012
RALEIGH, NC (October, 2012) – Researchers have provided a glimpse at genetic expression in long-extinct fossil dinosaurs. This new insight comes from the discovery of a correlation between the genetic patterning observed in today’s chickens and crocodiles, and the pattern of different bone shapes along their spines. For the first time a direct correlation between the genetic expression and morphological variation is ident...  Read More

Virtual aquarium in progress and help is needed

Posted: October 11, 2012
Virtual aquarium in progress and help is needed.   Two Germany based companies, Hypnocode and Visual Artefacts are planing to build a virtual Aquarium where people can watch and interact in real time with extinct marine reptiles and other creatures from the jurassic period. For this project we need your help. We are hoping to work closely with members of the svp in order to avoid any mistakes to achieve the most...  Read More


Posted: October 3, 2012
Vertebrate paleontology is one of the most popular scientific disciplines and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology has the potential to be a global force in science education and outreach. As part of the effort to realize that potential, SVP is launching the Ambassador Program, a volunteer program that taps the enthusiasm and diversity of SVP membership to provides K-12 schools and other education programs access to qualified SVP a...  Read More

Happy National Fossil Day!

Posted: September 6, 2012
Happy National Fossil Day! As an organization committed to advancing the study of fossil vertebrates, promoting education, and to the conservation and preservation of fossil sites, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) is excited to see the abundance of celebratory events taking place across the U.S. Our thanks to the National Park Services and the American Geological Institute for spearheading this event, and to all t...  Read More

New SVP Ambassador Program Launches

Posted: September 5, 2012
The Education and Outreach Committee of your society has developed a new program to establish a list of ambassadors to local k-12 educational institutions. We welcome you to apply to participate in this exciting new program. Once we collect everyone's information, the chairs will review the applicants and we will be creating a new web page on the society website as a resource for k-12 educators. Look for the coming email invitati...  Read More

Login to view the new issue of Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Posted: August 28, 2012
Login to your SVP membership account to access this issue: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Volume 32, Issue 5   Read More


Posted: August 27, 2012
DEERFIELD, IL (August, 2012) - Shortly after dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops went extinct 65 million years ago, Earth’s ancient landscapes were filled with unusual mammals only distantly related to those alive today. Until recently, one of these creatures, Ernanodon antelios, was only known from a single, highly distorted specimen that raised many questions about its habits and evolutionary relationships. In the...  Read More

The Cooper Center Presents: Prehistoric OC

Posted: August 18, 2012
The John D. Cooper Archaeological & Paleontological Center is having its inaugural event! The Cooper Center Presents: Prehistoric OC, a National Fossil Day and National Archaeology Day Celebration. Come experience the wonder of 180 million years of Orange County history. From being able to touch real fossils to demonstrations with artifacts, Prehistoric OC is sure to be a fun and educational experience for family and friends of a...  Read More

See the SVP 2012 Annual Meeting Presenters and Titles

Posted: August 7, 2012
See which presentations, posters and colleagues could have an important impact on your work.  Browse the list of presenters and titles.   Read More

Phylogenetic Comparative Methods Workshop

Posted: July 23, 2012
This popular workshop has just been added to the 2012 Annual Meeting line-up. Learn how to analyze character evolution using phylogenetic comparative methods. Registration is online only.   Read More

Annual Meeting Updates Now Available

Posted: July 2, 2012
Annual Meeting Updates Now Available.  Download the Updated Meeting Circular for the latest information on the SVP 72nd Annual Meeting.   Read More


Posted: June 25, 2012
The skull of the primitive flatfish Heteronectes, with views of the left- and right-hand sides. The left-hand side shows an eye that has migrated toward the top of the skull, but not reached the other side, in this adult specimen. Image by M. Friedman DEERFIELD, IL (June, 25, 2012) - Those delicious flatfishes, like halibut and sole, are also evolutionary puzzles. Their profoundly a...  Read More

SVP Preparators' Grant - New Name, New Application Deadline

Posted: June 5, 2012
SVP is pleased to announce the Preparators’ Grant has been renamed the Marvin and Beth Hix Preparators’ Grant, and the deadline for applications has been extended to Monday, July 2, 2012. The Society is so pleased to honor this family with the renaming of this award, which is intended to further the field of vertebrate paleontology through the advancement of preparation. A cash prize of up to $3,000 will be awarded in ...  Read More

SVP 2012 Election Results

Posted: June 1, 2012
The votes are in!  We welcome these newly elected members to the SVP Executive Committee, who begin their terms at the SVP Annual Meeting: Vice President / President Elect John Long The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California Secretary Glenn Storrs Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, Ohio Member-at-Large Elizabeth Hadly Stanford University, Stanford, California T...  Read More

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 to ensure that you are on the mailing list fo...  Read More
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