Society News


Posted: December 1, 2015
INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Chris Klingenberg (University of Manchester, UK) DATES: September 12 -16, 2016PLACE: Facilities of the Centre of Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica, Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain) Testimonials of previous editions:  PROGRAM  1. Phylogeny, trees and phylogenetic reasoning.  2. Brief review of geo...  Read More

Press Release- Dinosaurs used nasal passages to keep brains cool

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – Dinosaur nasal passages were certainly nothing to sneeze at. Possessing among the largest and most complex nasal passages seen in animals, their function has puzzled paleontologists. New research suggests that the size and shape of these nasal passages would have allowed incoming air to cool the blood making its way to the brain, maintaining the brain at an optimum temperature. The study was present...  Read More

Press Release- A new study of fossil bone growth reveals the ancestry of mammalian 'warm-bloodedness'

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – Most people know that ‘warm-bloodedness’ is a characteristic of mammals.  This trait actually encompasses a suite of physiological processes that help to maintain a relatively high, constant body temperature using heat generated internally.  A new study by Christen Don Shelton of the University of Cape Town, South Africa and his colleague, Martin Sander at the University of Bon...  Read More

Press Release- Unique feeding mechanism among marine reptiles from the age of dinosaurs

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) - Among the many groups of marine reptiles from the Age of Dinosaurs, elasmosaurs are famous for their necks, which can have up to 76 vertebrae and make up more than half the total length of the animal. These “sea dragons” attained worldwide distribution and vanished only during the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous 66 million years ago.   Fossils of the elasmosaur Aristonectes...  Read More

Press Release- 300 million-year-old ‘supershark' fossils found in Texas

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – Even before the age of dinosaurs, big toothy predators were roaming Texas. 300 million years ago, during a time called the Carboniferous, the area surrounding what is now Dallas, Texas was flooded by a shallow sea. Fossils from this ancient environment were recently recovered from Jacksboro, Texas by Mark McKinzie and Robert Williams of the Dallas Paleontological Society. Among these were two f...  Read More

Press Release- Mummified seals reveal ecological impact of ice change

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – Scientists are using the mummified remains of seals freeze-dried in Antarctica to examine the long-term effects of changing ice patterns on marine mammal ecology. Recent work, presented this week at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meetings in Dallas, Texas, examined over five hundred seal mummies collected from the Ross Sea region. Findings suggest that while some species maintain a similar e...  Read More

Press Release- Transitional species of duckbilled dinosaurs illuminate the relationship between evolution and growth

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – The discovery of two new transitional species is helping reveal the pattern of evolution in duckbilled dinosaurs, providing key insight into the intricate relationship between changes during growth and the evolution of elaborate display structures.   An emergent field of research in dinosaur paleobiology investigates the relative importance of linear, non-branching evolution (anagenesis) comp...  Read More

Press Release- Mammal body-size responds to climate change in ancient Wyoming

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – Evidence from fossils suggests that multiple global warming events, which occurred over 50 million years ago, impacted the evolution of mammals living in ancient Wyoming. Using over seven thousand fossilized teeth, paleontologist Amy Chew found a reduction in body size of mammal populations, hypothesized to be related to warming events. This work, to be presented at the upcoming Society of Vertebrat...  Read More

Press Release- A study of weanning age in fossil elephants gives hints about the cause of their extinction

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – The extinctions of many giant mammals, like mammoths, at the end of the Ice Ages is a story that most people know about.  The causes of these extinctions have long been debated in the scientific literature.  Climate change and over-hunting by humans, as well as a combination of these, have all been argued.  New techniques for interpreting life-history data from fossil tusks may help t...  Read More

Press Release- Adolescent T. rex unraveling controversy about growth changes in Tyrannosaurus

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – A much-anticipated study of an adolescent Tyrannosaurus rex is poised to help resolve long-standing controversies over the growth of tyrannosaurid dinosaurs.   In 2001, a paleontology field crew from Burpee Museum of Natural History (Rockford, IL) were prospecting for dinosaur fossils near Ekalaka, Montana, when they discovered bones of a half-grown T. rex weathering out f...  Read More

Press Release- Early humans linked to ancient Australian extinction

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – While the anthropogenic impact on global species diversity is clear, the role of ancient human populations in causing extinctions is more controversial. New data presented this week at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meetings in Dallas, Texas, implicates early humans in the extinction of large mammals, birds and lizards in Australia. More precise dating of these extinction events places them ...  Read More

H. Richard Lane passing

Posted: October 21, 2015
Passing of H. Richard Lane   We are saddened to announce the recent death of Rich Lane.  For the past 18 years, Rich served as program director for the Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Program at the National Science Foundation in the U.S.  He also led the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections Program, Coastal SEES Program, and Genealogy of Life Program.  Many SVP members interacted with Ri...  Read More

Chester Tarka Passed Away Peacefully on October 7, 2015

Posted: October 12, 2015
We are very saddened to announce the passing of Chester Tarka, at the age of 96. Chester was a very long time staff member of the American Museum of Natural History, who served as a dedicated artist in the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology. Chester joined the Museum staff in 1955 and spent more than 60 years working and supporting the research efforts of our curators and scientists. A highly decorated WWII veteran, Chester landed a...  Read More

Dinosaur National Monument Unveils Digital Quarry

Posted: October 7, 2015
Dinosaur National Monument’s famous Wall of Bones is now online for everyone to explore. Two stories high and packed with fossils, Carnegie Quarry is one of the few places in existence where the public can view dinosaur bones exactly where they were first uncovered in the rock. This unique window into the Jurassic has fostered a century of careers in natural science and an appreciation for deep time in generations of visitors....  Read More

Scientific Illustration workshop, Barcelona, Spain

Posted: September 11, 2015
The third edition of the course "Introduction to Naturalistic and Scientific Illustration" is already open. SVP MEMBERS HAVE A 20 % DISCOUNT! DATES: May 9-13, 2016. Instructor: Oscar Sanisidro (Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales- CSIC, Spain). Course webpage: Site: Premises of Sabadell of the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (Ba...  Read More

New Exhibit at the Main Interior Building

Posted: September 10, 2015
A new installation is coming to the Main Interior Building.  Deinosuchus, the "terrible crocodile".  SVP Excom had the opportunity to visit the display during the recent mid-yr meeting.     Read More

International course 3D Geometric Morphometrics, Barcelona (Spain)

Posted: August 20, 2015
Dear colleagues, The 6th edition of our course "3D Geometric Morphometrics" has registration already open. SVP MEMBERS HAVE 20 % DISCOUNT ON THE FEE! Dates: May 23rd - 27th, 2016. Instructor: Dr Melissa Tallman (Grand Valley State University, USA). PLACE: Facilities of the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica, Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain). Registration and more info: http://www.transmitti...  Read More

David M. Raup passing

Posted: July 15, 2015
A full obituary can be found at:  Read More

Jackson Student Travel Grant Awardees

Posted: July 6, 2015
JSG awardees now posted on the website!  Congratulations!  See the list HERE  Read More

New course on 3D Model Generation, Nov 3-6, Barcelona,Spain

Posted: June 18, 2015
Registration is open for the course "3D Model Generation in Biosciences", November 3-6, 2015. Instructors: Josep Fortuny (Institut catalá de Paleotologia M.C., Spain) and Sergio Llácer (Institut catalá de Paleotologia M.C., Spain). SVP members have a 20 % discount on the fee. End of reduced fee registration: June 30th! The goal of this course is to explain how you can work with a range of technologies with the aim of ob...  Read More
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