Presidential proclamation: Bears Ears and Gold Butte National Monument

Posted: December 29, 2016
On Dec 28, the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in southeast Nevada were established by presidential proclamation.  Among the reasons cited for protecting the areas are their paleontological resources.  The Bears Ears area has yielded a series of important vertebrate localities ranging from mid-Paleozoic through mid-Mesozoic, and Gold Butte preserves spectacular t...  Read More

Best Practice Guidelines for Repositing and Disseminating Contextual Data Associated with Vertebrate Fossils

Posted: December 27, 2016
SVP introduces best practice guidelines to facilitate preservation of paleontological resources in the field and to maximize the scientific value of research collections now and in the future: Best Practice Guidelines for Repositing and Disseminating Contextual Data Associated with Vertebrate Fossils.  The best practices presented are meant as guidelines, and SVP will periodically review and revise this document as needed.&nbs...  Read More

Erle Galen Kauffman (1933-2016)

Posted: December 22, 2016
Erle Galen Kauffman, 83, Professor Emeritus, Geological Sciences at Indiana University, died peacefully at home December 16 after a long illness. Honored for his many contributions to the Geological and Paleontological sciences, Erle also was acknowledged as a master teacher, researcher and mentor, advancing the education of many through his passion for learning, rigorous science, and generosity of ideas. Erle held an academic positi...  Read More

SVP- PRPA Consultation Begins Today

Posted: December 7, 2016
The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (PRPA) is the U.S. law that calls for the preservation of paleontological resources on federal land, and its consultation period has begun. The Department of the Interior's proposed regulation under the PRPA is now available for public comment through February 6, 2017. For more information, visit http://vertpaleo.org/What-is-Vertebrate-Paleontology/Fossil-Preservation-Law-in-the-US...  Read More

TRAITS PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE: QUANTITATIVE APPROACHES TO PALEONTOLOGY, CONSERVATION, AND CLIMATE CHANGE BIOLOGY IN AFRICA. A CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP

Posted: December 3, 2016
The Integrated Climate Change Biology Programme of the IUBS, the National Museums of Kenya, and SVP are sponsoring a symposium and workshop entitled: "Traits past, present, and future: Quantitative approaches to conservation and climate change biology in Africa" held on 6 - 8 March 2017 at the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya. This event will bring together paleontologists, ecologists, and quantitative biologis...  Read More

Loren Toohey (1921-2016)

Posted: December 2, 2016
Lt. Col. Loren Toohey, USAF, Retired, passed away on November 19, 2016 at the Blue Skies of Texas Retirement Community in San Antonio, Texas. Loren was born March 2, 1921 in Antioch, Nebraska, and spent his early years in Hemingford and Alliance, Nebraska. Loren was related to both the Danbom and Toohey families. In 1942, Loren married Leona "Maxine" Caha and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary before Maxine p...  Read More

Herb Barghusen (1933-2015)

Posted: November 29, 2016
Herbert (Herb) R. Barghusen, a longtime resident of Hyde Park in Chicago and more recently of Ogden Dunes, IN, died on December 25, 2015 in Chesterton, IN after an illness of several months. Born July 9, 1933 in Englewood, New Jersey to Lydia Bertha (nee Weber) and John Joseph Barghusen, Herb spent his youth in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City.  He often recounted his pleasure in crossing the bridge into the city to vi...  Read More

European Journal of Taxonomy

Posted: November 21, 2016
The European Journal of Taxonomy (EJT) is a peer-reviewed international journal on descriptive taxonomy. Its content is fully electronic and available in Open Access. EJT is the only taxonomic journal that collectively covers zoology and plant-related sciences, including fossils. EJT is published and funded by a consortium of European natural history institutions. EJT is a diamond open access journal, where all content is freely ...  Read More

GLVP annual dinner for LGBT members and allies

Posted: October 19, 2016
The GLVP annual dinner for LGBT members and allies will be held during SVP 2016 in Salt Lake City on Thursday evening, October 27, at Stoneground Kitchen, 249 E 400 Street, Salt Lake City, 84111 at 6:30 pm. Please RSVP Mark D. Uhen at muhen@gmu.edu if you would like to attend.  Read More

SVP Annual Meeting in 2019 will be held in Brisbane, Australia

Posted: September 16, 2016
SVP Annual Meeting in 2019 will be held in Brisbane, Australia's New World City A truly unique experience - The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology has never previously held a meeting in Australia, or even in the Southern Hemisphere! 2019 offers the opportunity for the first SVP Meeting in Gondwana. Australia is a mature, politically and economically stable country. It is culturally rich, with a 60,000 year old history of anci...  Read More

SVP sending an official letter to NSF in response to CSBR Hiatus

Posted: April 5, 2016
On March 16, NSF placed the Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) program on hiatus for fiscal year 2017 in order to evaluate its long-term funding needs and its priority within the Biological Sciences Directorate. CSBR supports special initiatives within vertebrate paleontology collections, including upgrades to infrastructure, digitization, and curating orphaned collections.  While on hiatus, NSF is actively s...  Read More

iDigBio’s Outlier Detection and Documentation

Posted: March 25, 2016
iDigBio’s Outlier Detection and Documentation by Collectors Working Group is conducting a survey related to your experience with “outliers” (or “anomalies” or “oddities”) in biodiversity collections. For this survey, outliers are defined as individual specimens that differ from a previously documented or perceived general norm within a taxon in any biological characteristic such as morphol...  Read More

Jack McIntosh Celebration of Life

Posted: March 10, 2016
Jack's family has announced that the Celebration of His Life to be held on April 9, 2016 (info below). Please RSVP to dacapoacres@charter.net so they can plan catering properly. Feel free to share this information.  A celebration of the life of Dr. John S. McIntoshSaturday, April 9: 2-5 PM Daniel Family Common Wesleyan University 45 Wyllys Ave Middletown, Ct. This is to be a fun sharing of memories, pictures, and st...  Read More

Elwyn Simons, Duke University paleoanthropologist, dies March 6

Posted: March 9, 2016
Elwyn Simons, Fossil Expert and Primat Conservationist, Dies at 85. DURHAM, NC - Duke scientist-explorer Elwyn Simons, who studied living and extinct primates for more than 50 years, died in his sleep on Sunday, March 6, in Peoria, Arizona. He was 85. The extended article on Dr. Simons passing is published on Duke Today.  Read More

Course Introduction to Ecological Data Analysis, Oct. 3-7, Barcelona.

Posted: February 19, 2016
New edition of the course "Introduction to Ecological Data Analysis - 2nd Edition", October 3rd- 7th, 2016.Instructor: Dr. Øyvind Hammer (University of Oslo, Norway). For this course we will use the free and friendly Past [http://folk.uio.no/ohammer/past/] software (written by the lecturer), but the methods are equally relevant for users of other programs. This course is aimed at postgraduate students, postdoctoral researc...  Read More

Iceman Reborn PBS/ NOVA Documentary

Posted: February 17, 2016
Iceman Reborn Watch as Otzi, a 5000-year-old mummy, is brought to life and preserved with 3D modeling. Airing February 17, 2016 at 9pm on PBS. He was stalked, attacked and left to die alone. Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is Europe’s oldest known natural mummy. Miraculously preserved in glacial ice, his remarkably intact remains continue to provide scientists, historians, and archeologists with groundbreak...  Read More

Course The Use of Phylogenies in the Study of Macroevolution, Sept. 19-23, Barcelona.

Posted: January 28, 2016
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Juan López Cantalapiedra (Museum für Naturkunde, Germany). FOR WHOM?: This course is aimed at postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and established academics. First, this course will introduce participants to the use, modification and representation of phylogenetic trees. Then, we will focus on the use of phylogenetic information to reconstruct ancestral characters and biogeographic histories, learning how...  Read More

Peter Lawrence Forey (1945–2016)

Posted: January 25, 2016
Peter Forey was one of the world’s leading palaeoichthyologists and at the forefront of the cladistics revolution in the 1980s. Together with Don Rosen, Colin Patterson and Brian Gardiner, he was known as one of the ‘Gang of Four’ whose arguments in favour of phylogenetic systematics as a guiding principle in evolutionary biology earned them opprobrium and praise in equal measure, with the added benefit of being fir...  Read More

II Iberian Symposium on Geometric Morphometrics

Posted: January 12, 2016
II Iberian Symposium on Geometric MorphometricsIt is a pleasure to announce the II Iberian Symposium on Geometric Morphometrics, which will be held in Madrid (Spain) 9th-10th of June, 2016.  This time, the II ISGM is being organized by the Transmitting Science, The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and the Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C. You can find all the information at the Symposium webpage: www.2isgm.transmittings...  Read More

John Stanton “Jack” McIntosh (1923–2015)

Posted: December 27, 2015
John Stanton “Jack” McIntosh (1923–2015).         With the passing of Jack McIntosh, vertebrate paleontology has lost one of its greats and a friend and colleague to many across the globe.  He fell under the spell of sauropods at the age of six after seeing the Diplodocus mount during a visit to the Carnegie Museum.  By the age of 13 he was corresponding with paleontolog...  Read More
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