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Society News

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

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
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