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Can't attend SVP meeting because of US travel ban?

Posted: September 17, 2018
If you cannot travel to SVP's annual meeting in Albuquerque next month, please contact David Polly (  We will try to find ways for you to learn about the exciting science that will be presented there.  The ban prohibits most citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, and Yemen from entering on tourist visas (as well as government officials from Venezuela). Also, if you will be attending and would ...  Read More

Need evidence for visa interview to attend SVP meeting?

Posted: September 17, 2018
If you have an interview for a visa to attend SVP's annual meeting in Albuquerque next month, you can download a letter from SVP that explains what the meeting is all about.  While the letter provides no guarantee that your visa will be approved, it will help the official understand what SVP is all about.Download letter here  Read More

Paleontological Society Distinguished Lecturers Program

Posted: September 9, 2018
SVP has joined the Paleontological Society in sponsoring the long running Distinguished Lecturers Program.  Our VP speakers are Larisa DeSantis (Vanderbilt University), Nadia Fröbisch (Museum für Naturkunde), and Karen Moreno (Universidad Austral de Chile).  Our speakers have been very popular this year, but slots remain in Europe and South America.  For full details see:  Read More

draft management plans for Trump's scaled-down national monuments in Utah

Posted: August 17, 2018
The department of interior just released draft management plans for Trump's scaled-down national monuments in Utah.  We've contributed to a joint press release with some of the other groups opposing it.  Here's a link for social media:    Read More

undergraduate grants to attend annual GSA meeting

Posted: July 24, 2018
The Paleontological Society seeks to support undergraduate students interested in a career in paleontology who plan to attend the 2018 Geological Society of America meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana (Nov 3-7, 2018).   A limited number of grants are available to offset travel costs: $1,000 if the undergraduate is presenting original research at GSA and $500 if the undergraduate is just attending the meeting.   In addition...  Read More

American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Survey

Posted: July 20, 2018
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has asked us to disseminate a short, 2-minute survey about where the community finds reliable sources of geoscientific information and how these assets are accessed. This study will help improve the communities’ access to reliable information services. Please share your experiences by participating in AGI’s 4-question survey, which can be found at Th...  Read More

Grand Staircase Mining Grab

Posted: June 22, 2018
A mining claim has been staked in an important fossil bearing area of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.  The claim by a Canadian company is in the Circle Cliffs area that was excluded from the monument last December by President Trump.  The mining claim is in the fossil-bearing Triassic Chinle and Moenkopi formations near areas that have yielded the largest petrified forest outside Arizona and a remarkably preser...  Read More

Who owns the right to a dinosaur skeleton?

Posted: June 21, 2018
How Stuff Works is featuring an article on the Paleontological Resources Protection Act (PRPA) and the ethics of collecting vertebrate fossils, including the dinosaur skeleton that was auctioned by Aguttes Auction House. Please find the article here.  Read More

Dinosaur trade may be hurting science

Posted: June 21, 2018
Another article, this time in Wired, discusses the sale of dinosaur fossils and the overall detriment to the field of vertebrate paleontology. Please find the Wired article here.  Read More

A new member benefit: Free Admission to Canadian Fossil Discovery Center

Posted: June 15, 2018
The Canadian Fossil Discovery Center ( is offering SVP members free Family Admission and access to collection room and lab. The museum has the largest collection of marine reptiles fossils in Canada and the largest publicly displayed mosasaur in the world.  To ensure access to the collection and lab, SVP members can contact in advance by emailing or calling +1-201-822-3...  Read More a brewery

Posted: June 8, 2018
Rhinegeist brewery in Cincinnati, Ohio gets a new dinosaur skeleton, Galeamopus, thanks to paleontologist Glenn Storrs at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The dinosaur will be housed in the brewery from early May through August 14th. And of course, there is a beer named in its honor: Brittlebrain, as an homage to the dinosaur's latin name, which roughly translates to "needs helmet". Read more about this story and happeni...  Read More

SVP legal action update of Grand Staircase and Bears Ears National Monuments

Posted: May 29, 2018
SVP's legal action against reduction of Grand Staircase and Bears Ears national monuments is still underway.  We are waiting for judicial ruling on a motion by Department of Justice to transfer to Utah district court, after which things should move forward.  See details from our co-plaintiffs Grand Staircase Escalante Partners:   SVP Executive Committee and DC members visited memb...  Read More

SVP against theropod auction by Aguttes Auction House

Posted: May 29, 2018
SVP is concerned about an upcoming auction of a scientifically important theropod by Aguttes auction house in Paris.  SVP has written to Aguttes auction house requesting that their sale sale of a scientifically important theropod dinosaur be cancelled and that arrangements be made to put the specimen into the public trust.   http://ver...  Read More

Support for Student Travel to IPC (deadline April 15)

Posted: April 3, 2018
The Geological Society of America, Paleontological Society, and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology are providing travel grants (in the range of $500-1000) for student members who will be presenting at the 5th International Palaeontological Congress in Paris, France.Eligibility: Student members of the Geological Society of America, Paleontological Society, or the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Students must be presenting thei...  Read More

SVP at March for Science (April 14)

Posted: April 3, 2018
SVP will team up with the Paleontological Society again this year at the April 14 March for Science Event in Washington D.C.  The activities begin at 9 am with expo tents on the National Mall at 15th and Constitution NW.  There will be a 12:30 pm rally followed by a 3 pm march to the capitol building.  Those who wish to join SVP and Paleo Society can meet at 10 am at Pershing Park (corner of Pennsylvania and 14th Stree...  Read More

International Prize for Biology

Posted: March 23, 2018
This year's International Prize for Biology will go to a paleontologist. The prize is a BIG deal (past winners include Ernst Mayr, Nancy Moran, Joe Felsenstein). Consider nominating someone by April 20.  Read More

SVP files second lawsuit against Bears Ears reductions

Posted: December 7, 2017
Broad Coalition Sues to Stop Trump Administration’s Unlawful Dismemberment of the Bears Ears National Monument A broad coalition of Native American, conservation, and historic preservation organizations, outdoor industry, scientists, and outdoor recreationists sued the Trump Administration today to strike down the President’s extreme overreach of authority in revoking the Bears Ears National Monument.  The President...  Read More

Questions and Answers about SVP's lawsuit

Posted: December 7, 2017
If you are interested in learning more about why SVP is suing over cuts to Grand Staircase and Bears Ears National Monuments, please see the latest in Science Magazine.  Read More

Why SVP is suing over Monument reductions

Posted: December 4, 2017
Earlier today President Trump announced that he will make large cuts to Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments in Utah.  Scientifically important paleontological resources motivated the creation of both monuments.  High priority is therefore given to inventorying and protecting their paleontological resources and special funding is available for researchers who work on monument property.    S...  Read More

Key Center School in Springfield, Virginia wins SVP’s National Fossil Day drawing

Posted: November 22, 2017
Key Center School in Springfield, Virginia has an exciting new addition, Teratophoneus, a tyrannosaur relative of T. rex.  To highlight awareness of the spectacular fossil finds at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, SVP held a drawing in October at its National Fossil Day booth on the Mall in Washington, DC.  Visitors were allowed to enter their school to win a life-size, museum-quality cast of the skull of this...  Read More
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