PRESS RELEASE - Light shed on koala evolution

Posted: December 14, 2009
DEERFIELD, IL (December, 2009) – The world at large knows koalas as cute, cuddly, lovable iconic animals. The evolutionary biologist, on the other hand, will know them as extremely specialized, endangered animals, the evolutionary history of which is extremely poorly understood. Recently discovered skull material belonging to the extinct koalas Litokoala and Nimiokoala offers a major step forward in understanding koala evo...  Read More

Petition re: Proposed Closing of the Dept. of Geo. Sciences at Michigan State University

Posted: November 12, 2009
To all: The Department of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University is home to a nationally and internationally prominent, vibrant group of students, faculty and staff. As a response to current budget distress, the Board of Trustees and Provost Kim A. Wilcox are considering a proposal to close the Department, along with all of the graduate and undergraduate programs offered by the Department. The immediate effect will be ...  Read More

SVP Supports NSC Alliances Proposed Executive Order

Posted: October 14, 2009
7 October 2009 Dr. John Holdren, Director Office of Science and Technology Policy Executive Office of the President 725 17th Street Room 5228 Washington, DC 20502 Dear Dr. Holdren: On behalf of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), I write to express strong support for the Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance) proposed Executive Order for issuance by President Obama to promote the preservation and use of ...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Paleontologists Concerned Over Fossil Sale

Posted: October 6, 2009
Deerfield, IL (Oct. 6, 2009) - On October 3, the skeleton of a 40-foot-long, 7.5 ton dinosaur was put up for auction in Las Vegas. The dinosaur in question was a skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex, the iconic flesh-eating dinosaur that lived some 66 million years ago. Nicknamed "Samson," the fossil, which was found on private land in 1987 and was being sold by a private owner, was expected to fetch a pr...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Extinct, giant eagle was a fearsome predator

Posted: September 14, 2009
DEERFIELD, IL  (September, 2009) – Before humans colonized New Zealand about 750 years ago, the largest inhabitants of the islands were birds unlike those anywhere else in the world. Giant, flightless birds known as moa were the main plant-eaters, feeding both on the ground and in the branches of trees. The role of predator, according to a study published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, was filled by a giant,...  Read More

SVP Global Climate Change Forum Videos now on the SVP Web site

Posted: August 13, 2009
In these three videos from the Climate Forum at the 2008 SVP annual meeting in Cleveland, three global-change scientists share how insights gained from the fossil record of ecological and evolutionary responses of plants and animals apply to climate changes underway today. These videos can be found on the SVP Web site at: http://www.vertpaleo.org/video/Climate/index.cfm.  Read More

Silent Auction Financial Documents Destroyed

Posted: July 29, 2009
Originally posted on Oct. 16, 2009. To:        SVP and SVPCA 2009 Annual Meeting Silent Auction Participants From:   SVP Headquarters Re:        2009 Silent Auction Payment Problem Thank you for participating in the hugely successful SVP and SVPCA Annual Meeting in Bristol. We are writing to inform you that the ...  Read More

SVP Statement on the closing of the University of Wyoming Geological Museum

Posted: July 23, 2009
An Open Letter to the Trustees of the University of Wyoming On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology—an international scientific organization with more than 2,300 members, I am writing to express our alarm and dismay at the closing of the display galleries at the University of Wyoming Geological Museum and the loss of staff lines responsible for its maintenance. Wyoming figures highl...  Read More

SVP and theTaylor & Francis Group announce their partnership to publish the JVP

Posted: July 13, 2009
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and Taylor & Francis Group are pleased to announce their partnership to publish the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology is the flagship publication of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The first issue of the journal appeared in 1981 and had 422 published pages. The total pages published yearly has increased steadily since then, but re...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Prominent Female Paleontologist Named Royal Society Fellow

Posted: June 18, 2009
Deerfield, IL (June 2008) Jennifer Clack, a member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology since 1980 and a world expert in the evolution of early land-dwelling animals, has been named a Fellow in the Royal Society of London. This is the highest academic award in the United Kingdom, equivalent to becoming a member of the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S. Clack was elected to membership based on her outstand...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - The latest in technology looks into some old bones

Posted: June 11, 2009
Deerfield, IL (June 2009) - Many of us have broken bones in our bodies at one time or another, and when this happens a healing process begins. The same was true of animals in the past, and has been well documented in all groups of dinosaurs. But how can we study and understand the healing process? A new study published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology uses high-resolution computed tomography (CT) imaging to guide samp...  Read More

RSS PRESS RELEASE - Ancestor of “Jaws”: 4-million-year-old shark fossil from Peru provides new evidence on the origins of the great white shark

Posted: May 15, 2009
Deerfield, IL (March, 2009) – Sharks are among the most popular animals featured in television and cinema. And today among sharks, the undisputed king is the great white, a giant predator that can exceed 20 feet in length. Despite the popularity of great whites, relatively little is known about their biology, and even less is known about their evolutionary origins. A new 4-million-year-old fossil from Peru described in this mon...  Read More

Letter to SVP Members in Texas

Posted: January 21, 2009
Dear Texas SVP members, Dr. Eugenie Scott, the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, has requested that Texas SVP members write letters to your representatives on the Texas State Board of Education.  Apparently the teaching of evolution is under attack.  As she wrote, "The teaching of evolution is under attack in Texas yet again. Many members of the Board of Education are at...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - It’s All In The Hips! Early Fossil Whales Used Well Developed Back Legs For Swimming

Posted: September 11, 2008
DEERFIELD, IL (September 2008)  The crashing of the enormous fluked tail on the surface of the ocean is a “calling card” of modern whales. Living whales have no back legs, and their front legs take the form of flippers that allow them to steer. Their special tails provide the powerful thrust necessary to move their huge bulk. Yet this has not always been the case. Reporting in the latest issue o...  Read More

Addendum to Executive Committee's Final Statement Concerning Allegations From Martz, Parker, Wedel and Taylor

Posted: July 8, 2008
The Executive Committee would like to make clear that the decision to review the allegations brought by Martz, Parker, Wedel, and Taylor was made solely in response to their letters addressed to the SVP President, as per our stated procedures. Our decision to review the case was made before the Nature article was published or the correspondence had been posted to the internet; we did not review the case because of "b...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Animal Burrows in Antarctic Tell of a Much Warmer Past

Posted: July 7, 2008
Deerfield, IL (June 2008) - Today Antarctica is a harsh world. Devoid of trees and bushes, it is largely covered in snow and ice and battered by frigid winds. There are no land-based backboned animals that inhabit modern Antarctica – all of the penguins and seals that we imagine on the Antarctic ice are dependent on the sea. But this isolating Antarctic icebox is relatively new in geological terms, and new fossil fi...  Read More

Executive Committee's Final Statement Concerning Allegations From...

Posted: June 6, 2008
The Executive Committee's statement concerning allegations from Jeffery Martz (et al.) and William Parker of ethical violations by Spencer Lucas and colleagues, together with the Ethics Education Committee's recommendations for best practices in research, publication, and museum work.   SVP Executive Committee Response to Allegations from J. Martz, W. Parker, M. Taylor and M. Wedel against S. Lucas, A....  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Giant Fossil Bats Out of Africa

Posted: May 8, 2008
CHICAGO, IL (March 2008) – When most of us think of Ancient Egypt, visions of pyramids and mummies fill our imaginations. For a team of paleontologists interested in fossil mammals, the Fayum district of Egypt summons an even older and equally impressive history that extends much further back in time than the Sphinx. In the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, these scientists report on the discovery o...  Read More

Statement from the Executive Committee regarding allegations against Spencer Lucas

Posted: April 1, 2008
Allegations against Dr. Spencer Lucas and three coauthors (Dr. Adrian Hunt, Mr. Justin Spielmann and Dr. Andrew Heckert) have been aired in a recent commentary in Nature as well as via a number of Web sites and e-mail exchanges. We take such matters seriously and we have a process for evaluating such allegations through the SVP Ethics Education Committee. This committee is following its stated process, which is intended to be fair...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Heads Up in the Triassic!

Posted: February 11, 2008
DEERFIELD, IL (December 2008) When you take a bite out of a hamburger or chomp down on a piece of gum, you share this function of the lower jaw with the vast majority of animals. But not all: for some animals, lifting the head rather than dropping the jaw is a good idea. This bizarre reversal of how feeding occurs was achieved in 210-million-year-old amphibians, as described in the December 2008 issue of the Journal of Vertebr...  Read More
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