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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

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
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