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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

SVP News Bulletin Retires In Its Current Form

Posted: September 15, 2010
Dear SVP Members, Few things have changed as rapidly over the last several years as the way we communicate. We have all seen an exponential increase in the speed and volume of information exchanges in our lives. As part of this zeitgeist, the SVP Web site is carrying more and more of the Society’s news at an ever-quicker pace, resulting in a duplication of information formerly carried exclusively by the SVP News Bulletin. ...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Fossil of giant, bony-toothed bird from Chile sets new record for wingspan

Posted: September 15, 2010
DEERFIELD, IL  (May, 2010) – A newly discovered skeleton of an ancient seabird from northern Chile provides evidence that giant birds were soaring the skies there 5-10 million years ago. The wing bones of the animal exceed those of all other birds in length; its wingspan would have been at least 5.2 m (17 ft.). This is the largest safely established wingspan for a bird. Other, larger estimates for fossil birds have been...  Read More

A Future for Geological Sciences at Michigan State

Posted: July 29, 2010
I am very pleased to pass along to SVP members the news that, following a period in which the Department of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University was threatened with closure, a plan has been developed and approved that focuses on securing the future of geosciences at MSU. The plan has the backing of our Dean and the MSU Provost and President. It involves a series of steps over the next five years to increase research fu...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Remarkable fossil cave shows how ancient marsupials grew

Posted: July 14, 2010
DEERFIELD, IL  (July 14, 2010) – The discovery of a remarkable 15-million-year-old Australian fossil limestone cave packed with even older animal bones has revealed almost the entire life cycle of a large prehistoric marsupial, from suckling young in the pouch still cutting their milk teeth to elderly adults.  In an unprecedented find, a team of University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers has unearthed from ...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Prominent Paleontologist Honored by Alberta Order of Excellence

Posted: June 20, 2010
DEERFIELD, IL (June 24, 2010) – Dr. Phillip Currie, Vice President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, professor at the University of Alberta, and a world-renowned expert on dinosaurs, has been honored with investiture in the Alberta Order of Excellence (AOE).  The AOE is the highest honor the province can bestow on a citizen.  Dr. Currie is one of only eight new members for 2010 and will be inducted into th...  Read More

Highlight Excellence in Vertebrate Paleontology – Apply or Submit a Nomination for an SVP Award

Posted: June 7, 2010
Apply or Nominate Someone for one of 18 Different SVP Awards, Prizes, and Grants Recognize the achievements of a colleague and bring awareness to the important discoveries taking place in the field of vertebrate paleontology. The SVP is now accepting submissions for a variety of awards, grants and prizes through the SVP Online Awards Submission System and Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize Online Submission System. Online s...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - New skeletons from the Age of Dinosaurs answer century-old questions

Posted: May 20, 2010
  DEERFIELD, IL  (May, 2010) – More than 100 years ago paleontologist E. D. Cope of "Dinosaur Wars" fame found a few fragmentary bones of a reptile in the deserts of New Mexico. He named the reptile Typothorax. A century later Typothorax, which belongs to a group of reptiles called aetosaurs, remained something of a mystery, known mainly from pieces of armor, a few limb bones, and some sectio...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - New Bird Fossil Hints at More Undiscovered Chinese Treasures

Posted: March 24, 2010
  DEERFIELD, IL (March 24, 2010) – The study of Mesozoic birds and the dinosaur-bird transition is one of the most exciting and vigorous fields in vertebrate paleontology today. A newly described bird from the Jehol Biota of northeast China suggests that scientists have only tapped a small proportion of the birds and dinosaurs that were living at that time, and that the rocks still have many secrets to reveal. &q...  Read More

Further Update on the Proposed Drilling on Ellesmere Island

Posted: March 3, 2010
Colleagues and Members of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, I'm writing to let you know of the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s (NIRB) response to Weststar's proposed Ellesmere Island Coal Project. I have attached their letter (now posted on the NIRB Web site), and the news couldn't be better!  Given the potential adverse impacts to wildlife and paleontological resources, NIRB has recommen...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - New Species of Tyrannosaur DIiscovered in Southwestern U.S.

Posted: January 29, 2010
  DEERFIELD, IL (January 29, 2010) -- New Mexico is known for amazing local cuisine, Aztec ruins and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  In the January issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, paleontologists Thomas Williamson of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Thomas Carr of Carthage College bring a new superstar to the state. Bistahieversor sealeyi (pronounced: bistah-he-ee-versor&nbs...  Read More

Letter to the NIRB re: Ellesmere Island

Posted: January 22, 2010
Expressing concern over the possible loss of fossil resources in regards to a proposed coal mining project by Westar Resources, Inc. on Ellesmere Island (Nunavut) in Canada's eastern High Arctic, the SVP has issued a press release, alerted its membership, posted a statement and would now like to share the letter sent to the Nunavut Impact Review Board.     Read More
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