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Executive Committee's Final Statement Concerning Allegations From...

Posted: June 6, 2008
The Executive Committee's statement concerning allegations from Jeffery Martz (et al.) and William Parker of ethical violations by Spencer Lucas and colleagues, together with the Ethics Education Committee's recommendations for best practices in research, publication, and museum work.   SVP Executive Committee Response to Allegations from J. Martz, W. Parker, M. Taylor and M. Wedel against S. Lucas, A....  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Giant Fossil Bats Out of Africa

Posted: May 8, 2008
CHICAGO, IL (March 2008) – When most of us think of Ancient Egypt, visions of pyramids and mummies fill our imaginations. For a team of paleontologists interested in fossil mammals, the Fayum district of Egypt summons an even older and equally impressive history that extends much further back in time than the Sphinx. In the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, these scientists report on the discovery o...  Read More

Statement from the Executive Committee regarding allegations against Spencer Lucas

Posted: April 1, 2008
Allegations against Dr. Spencer Lucas and three coauthors (Dr. Adrian Hunt, Mr. Justin Spielmann and Dr. Andrew Heckert) have been aired in a recent commentary in Nature as well as via a number of Web sites and e-mail exchanges. We take such matters seriously and we have a process for evaluating such allegations through the SVP Ethics Education Committee. This committee is following its stated process, which is intended to be fair...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Heads Up in the Triassic!

Posted: February 11, 2008
DEERFIELD, IL (December 2008) When you take a bite out of a hamburger or chomp down on a piece of gum, you share this function of the lower jaw with the vast majority of animals. But not all: for some animals, lifting the head rather than dropping the jaw is a good idea. This bizarre reversal of how feeding occurs was achieved in 210-million-year-old amphibians, as described in the December 2008 issue of the Journal of Vertebr...  Read More

Future Research Directions in Paleontology—a stimulus for new research funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation

Posted: January 31, 2008
  The report posted below is about paleobiological research opportunities that might garner new research funds from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). I encourage you to read it carefully. The proposed ideas and new programs result from several community-wide discussions held during 2005 and 2006 by invertebrate paleontologists, vertebrate paleontologists and paleobotanists at our annual meetings, culminating i...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - New fossil armored mammal from the high peaks of Chile

Posted: January 22, 2008
CHICAGO, IL (December, 2007) – The only reason that most people ascend to 14,000 feet is to go skiing. For a group of U. S. and Chilean scientists, however, such altitudes are ideal fossil-hunting terrain. In fact, over the past 10 years their explorations have taken them to one of the highest elevation vertebrate fossil sites in the world. The localities near Salar de Surire in northern Chile have yielded seve...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Wann Langston Receives Vertebrate Paleontology’s Highest Award

Posted: January 18, 2008
Chicago (November 2007) -- Dr. Wann Langston, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, is the 20th recipient of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s highest honor – the A. S. Romer-G. G. Simpson Medal. The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, which was founded in 1940 by thirty-four paleontologists, now has over 2,000 members representing an inte...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Who Went There? Matching Fossil Tracks with Their Makers

Posted: November 15, 2007
CHICAGO, IL (June 16, 2007) –  Fossilized footprints are relatively common, but figuring out exactly which ancient creature made particular tracks has been a mystery that has long stumped paleontologists.   In the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, a team of researchers overcome this dilemma for the first time, and link a fossil trackway to a well-known fossil animal. Sebastian V...  Read More

Misrepresentation of Earth History at the New Creation Museum

Posted: July 31, 2007
Professional paleontologists from around the world are concerned about the misrepresentation of science at the newly opened Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.  The Creation Museum has been marketed to the public as a “reasoned, logical defence” for young-earth creationism by Ken Ham, the President and CEO of Answers in Genesis, which runs the Creation Museum.  The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology,...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - SVP on the Creation Museum

Posted: July 17, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2007 The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology on the Creation Museum Professional paleontologists from around the world are concerned about the misrepresentation of science at the newly opened Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.  The Creation Museum has been marketed to the public as a “reasoned, logical defence” for young-earth creationism by Ken Ham, the Presi...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Ancient Long-necked Gliding Reptile Discovered

Posted: June 6, 2007
EMBARGOED UNTIL 12 JUNE 2007 Ancient Long-necked Gliding Reptile Discovered CHICAGO, IL (June 12, 2007) –  In the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, scientists describe a remarkable new long-necked, gliding reptile from 220 million-year old sediments of eastern north America. Mecistotrachelos apeoros (meaning “soaring, long-necked”) is based on two fossils excavated at th...  Read More

Regarding the Sale of Fossil Vertebrates

Posted: May 13, 2007
The SVP Executive Committee is concerned with reports about the sale of vertebrate fossils by some members of SVP. When individuals join SVP, they sign an agreement to abide by the bylaws of the Society, including the code of ethics, which states, "the barter, sale, or purchase of scientifically significant vertebrate fossils is not condoned unless it brings them into or keeps them with, a public trust" (Bylaws of SV...  Read More

Statement About the Burke Museum Report

Posted: May 13, 2007
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology takes seriously allegations of procedural or ethical improprieties by any of its members. The Burke Museum Report, released to the public via the Seattle Weekly on Jan. 25, 2006, contains allegations of improper procedures for the field collection of vertebrate fossils from U.S. public lands and for incomplete, and in some cases, inaccurate, documentation of fossils in the museum’s reco...  Read More

Statement on Journal of Paleontological Sciences

Posted: May 13, 2007
The Journal of Paleontological Sciences was recently announced by the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences. Part of the journal’s mission is to publish information about fossils held in private collections. While it is important that scientifically significant fossils and fossil assemblages are described in an accessible format, the SVP has several concerns about the new journal. In response, members of the SVP Ex...  Read More
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