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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