Society News

Course QUANTITATIVE CLADISTICS AND USE OF TNT - 2nd Edition

Posted: January 11, 2015
INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Goloboff and Dr. Szumik (Conicet, Argentina). DATE: June 29 - July 3, 2015. PLACE: Facilities of the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica, Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain). WEBPAGE: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/phylo/cladistics/  PROGRAM: - Intro and Basics. Parsimony and phylogenetic systematics. Character optimisation and mapping. Most parsimonious reco...  Read More

SVP News: 2015 Elections, Awards and Abstracts

Posted: January 7, 2015
ElectionsCandidate bios are now online. View them HERE! Be sure to review the choices and be prepared to vote starting February 25th through April 8th. You may view position descriptions in the society handbook HERE. AwardsSubmissions for 2015 Award Applications will be accepted online beginning February 4th.  Check back and review the individual award pages for the application process. AbstractsThe Abstract submissio...  Read More

SVP welcomes Host Committee proposals for 2018

Posted: December 19, 2014
The Society is accepting proposals for the 2018 annual meeting.  Please contact jholland@faseb.org if you are interested in submitting a proposal.  Read More

“Dinosaur 13” does not unearth the whole truth about paleontology and the protection of fossils on U.S. public lands

Posted: December 11, 2014
In light of the film Dinosaur 13, which describes the discovery and loss of the complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known as “Sue” by the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology reiterates its strong endorsement of the U.S. Federal laws and regulations that protect fossils on public lands, which are fully consistent with the professional standards held by paleontological sci...  Read More

“Dinosaur 13” does not unearth the whole truth about paleontology and the protection of fossils on U.S. public lands

Posted: December 11, 2014
In light of the film Dinosaur 13, which describes the discovery and loss of the complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known as “Sue” by the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology reiterates its strong endorsement of the U.S. Federal laws and regulations that protect fossils on public lands, which are fully consistent with the professional standards held by paleontological sci...  Read More

“Dinosaur 13” does not unearth the whole truth about paleontology and the protection of fossils on U.S. public lands

Posted: December 11, 2014
In light of the film Dinosaur 13, which describes the discovery and loss of the complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known as “Sue” by the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology reiterates its strong endorsement of the U.S. Federal laws and regulations that protect fossils on public lands, which are fully consistent with the professional standards held by paleontological sci...  Read More

Press Release - Phenomenal fossil and detailed analysis reveal details about an enigmatic group of fossil mammals

Posted: December 10, 2014
DEERFIELD, IL (December, 2014) - Mammals that lived during the time of the dinosaurs are often portrayed as innocuous, small-bodied creatures, scurrying under the feet of the huge reptiles. In reality, this wasn’t the case, and a new fossil from Madagascar further underscores this point, revealing fascinating perspectives on the growing diversity of Mesozoic mammals. Vintana sertichi had previously been described in a prelimina...  Read More

JVP Vol 34 Issue Supplement 1 now online

Posted: December 10, 2014
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Volume 34 Issue Supplement 1,  is now online:http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ujvp20/34/sup1  Read More

Workshop on Integration and Modularity with Geometric Morphometrics, April 7-10, 2015. Barcelona

Posted: November 14, 2014
Registration is open for the course "Integration and Modularity with Geometric Morphometrics - 4th edition"; April 7-10, 2015. INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Chris Klingenberg (University of Manchester, UK). SVP members have a 20 % discount! Course webpage: http://www.transmittingscience.org/courses/gm/modularity-and-gm/ Program: Brief review of geometric morphometrics: Procrustes fit, shape space, covariance matrices, etc. ...  Read More

Press Release - A/C CAME STANDARD ON ARMORED DINOSAUR MODELS

Posted: November 8, 2014
A/C CAME STANDARD ON ARMORED DINOSAUR MODELSBerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Sweating, panting, moving to the shade, or taking a dip are all time-honored methods used by animals to cool down. The implicit goal of these adaptations is always to keep the brain from overheating. Now a new study shows that armor-plated dinosaurs (ankylosaurs) had the capacity to modify the temperature of the air they breathed in an exceptional ...  Read More

Press Release - New Research Employs High-End Technology to Restore Dinosaur Fossil

Posted: November 6, 2014
Bethesda, MD—Fossils are usually deformed or incompletely preserved when they are found, after sometimes millions of years of fossilization processes. Consequently, fossils have to be studied very carefully to avoid damage, and are sometimes they are difficult to access, as they might be located in remote museum collections. An international team of scientists, led by Dr. Stephan Lautenschlager from the University of Bristol no...  Read More

Press Release - NEW INSIGHTS INTO AN OLD BIRD

Posted: November 6, 2014
NEW INSIGHTS INTO AN OLD BIRD  Berlin, Germany (November, 2014) – The dodo is among the most famous extinct creatures, and a poster child for human-caused extinction events.  Despite its notoriety, and the fact that the species was alive during recorded human history, little is actually known about how this animal lived, looked, and behaved.  A new study of the only known complete skeleton from a single bird tak...  Read More

Press Release - Exquisite Ancient Horse Fossil Preserves Uterus with Unborn Foal

Posted: November 6, 2014
EXQUISITE ANCIENT HORSE FOSSIL PRESERVES UTERUS WITH UNBORN FOAL Berlin, Germany (November, 2014) – A specimen of the ancient horse Eurohippus messelensis has been discovered in Germany that preserves a fetus as well as parts of the uterus and associated tissues. It demonstrates that reproduction in early horses was very similar to that of modern horses, despite great differences in size and structure. Eurohippus messel...  Read More

Press Release - Tricky Take-Off Kept Pterodactyls Grounded

Posted: November 6, 2014
 TRICKY TAKE-OFF KEPT PTERODACTYLS GROUNDEDBerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – A new study, which teamed cutting-edge engineering techniques  with paleontology, has found that take-off capacity may have determined body size limits in extinct flying reptiles. The research simulated pterodactyl flight using computer modeling, and will be presented at the upcoming Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Berlin. Fi...  Read More

Press Release - Complete 9000 Year Old Frozen Bison Mummy found in Siberia

Posted: November 6, 2014
COMPLETE 9,000 YEAR OLD FROZEN BISON MUMMY FOUND IN SIBERIABerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Many large charismatic mammals went extinct at the end of the Ice Age (approx 11,000 years ago), including the Steppe bison, Bison priscus. A recent find in Eastern Siberia has uncovered one of these bison, literally, frozen in time. The most complete frozen mummy of the Steppe bison yet known, dated to 9,300 years before present, w...  Read More

Press Release - Rabbit- Hoof Proof: Ungulates Suppressed Lagomorph Evolution

Posted: November 6, 2014
Skulls of living lagomorphs, cavviid rodents, and a small ungulate. Front row from left: Mouse-deer (Field Museum of Natural History specimen no.68770), Andean mountain cavy (FMNH 53654), American pika (FMNH 12590), Alaskan hare (FMNH 9867). Back row: capybara (FMNH 79933). [Photo by S. Tomiya]RABBIT-PROOF HOOF: UNGULATES SUPPRESSED LAGOMORPH EVOLUTIONBerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Closely related groups can differ drama...  Read More

Press Release - Taking a Deeper Look at "Ancient Wing"

Posted: November 5, 2014
 TAKING A DEEPER LOOK AT “ANCIENT WING”Berlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Reconstructing ancient life has long required a certain degree of imagination. This is especially true when considering the coloration of long-extinct organisms. However, new methods of investigation are being incorporated into paleontology that may shed light (and color) on fossils. Research presented at the recent Society of Vertebrat...  Read More

Press Release - African Diamond Mine Reveals Dinosaur and Large Mammal Tracks

Posted: November 5, 2014
AFRICAN DIAMOND MINE REVEALS DINOSAUR AND LARGE MAMMAL TRACKSBerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Unexpectedly one of the largest diamond mines in Africa, Catoca in Angola, holds 118 million year old dinosaur, crocodile and large mammal tracks. The mammal tracks show a raccoon-sized animal, during a time when most were no larger than a rat. Nearly 70 distinct tracks were recovered in the Catoca mine in Angola. All the tracks wer...  Read More

Tab Rasmussen has passed away.

Posted: October 20, 2014
Tab was known in paleo world for his work on Paleogene mammals.  Growing up the son of a biologist and exploring the wild parts of the desert southwest as a child and young adult prepared him well for his future career, and started his lifelong love of the natural world.  He attend Colorado College as an undergraduate, and was a student of Elwyn Simons at Duke University, earning his Ph.D. there in 1986. After short stint...  Read More

35th International Geological Congress in South Africa

Posted: September 15, 2014
The 35th International Geological Congress is scheduled to be hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa from 27 August to 4 September 2016. This prestigious Congress is held every four years in another location under the flag of the International Union of Geological Sciences. As can be deducted from the official Congress website: http://www.35igc.org/, it is a truly international congress, cove...  Read More
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