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New JVP guide for authors

Posted: January 14, 2019
The editorial board at the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology has issued a new guide for authors, which can be found here: JVP author guide Additionally, a new EndNote template (JVP EndNote file) can be found here in a link at the bottom of the page. Please use these new documents as guidelines when submitting a manuscript to JVP.  Read More

Science Friday featuring SVP members

Posted: December 11, 2018
As a follow-up to the September live show and radio broadcast that featured work of some SVP members in the Triassic of Bears Ears National Monument (Indian Creek area), ScienceFriday just posted an extensive multimedia-rich digital story on the research there: The story features quotes from a number of SVP members. Science Friday also produced an accompanying short a...  Read More

Fundraising for Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Posted: November 30, 2018
The Natural History Museum in London is asking for your help in preserving and making accessible a major palaeontological attraction in London. The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs are a series of some 30 life-size models of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures in Crystal Palace Park. As well as attracting thousands of visitors a year, they have great historical importance as they date from the 1850s, were designed by Sir Richard Owen a...  Read More

SVP action against Dinosaur Auction in Paris

Posted: November 20, 2018
SVP has discovered another auction house selling dinosaur fossils. As many know, the commercial selling of fossils is against the tenets of our society, and we are actively trying to discourage this practice. The auction will take place on the 21st of November via the auction house Artcurial, featuring the skeletons of Allosaurus and Camptosaurus. SVP leadership has written a letter to the auction house urging them not to sell these ...  Read More

Rebuilding the Collections at Brazil's National Museum

Posted: November 5, 2018
The leadership at SVP has drafted a letter for wide distribution about rebuilding the collections at Brazil's National Museum in Rio. Please help them by providing important information that they need after this devastating fire in September. Please download the letter here.  Read More

Paleontology on Science Friday

Posted: October 2, 2018
Members of SVP have recently been featured on the science radio program Science Friday. Listen to Randy Irmis talk about the Indian Creek sites at Bears Ears National Monument here. Listen to paleontologists David Polly and Stuart Sumida, and Utah law professor and expert on public land law, John Ruple talk about the cuts to and legal arguments for preserving the Indian Creek sites at Bears Ears National Monument here.  Read More

Grand Staircase 22nd anniversary

Posted: September 22, 2018
This week is the 22nd anniversary of the establishment of Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument. SVP President David Polly wrote a compelling article about this important paleontological site. Please read about the Grand Staircase anniversary and why we should preserve it here.  Read More

Help the National Museum of Brazil rebuild

Posted: September 17, 2018
The Museu Nacional in Rio can use help in the form of donated specimens for their new collections.  If your institution has material that it is willing to donate, please upload formal letters that describe the material and details about the gift at:  Letters that are received soon will be used in the planning process.    Read More

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
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