Volunteer Opportunity in Bears Ears National Monument, Utah in August/September 2017

Posted: August 23, 2017
Robert J. Gay and Allison Stegner are looking for 10-20 dedicated volunteers who are interested in helping paleontologists  and possibly others, in looking for and documenting fossils, and potentially excavating permitted sites, in Bears Ears National Monument. Click on the following links here to learn a bit more about the work Rob and Allison have been doing in Bears Ears: http://blogs.plos.org/paleocomm/2017/02/14/paleontolo...  Read More

Grad Program Survey

Posted: August 8, 2017
The Student & Post-doctoral Liaison Committee (S&PLC) needs your help updating the Graduate Programs in Vertebrate Paleontology database! If you are a student or mentor, please take five minutes to respond to a survey about your program. SVP students represent almost 200 institutions around the world and we are looking for current, accurate information about all of them. The S&PLC will use all gathered information to crea...  Read More

SVP COMMENTS ON 21 U.S. NATIONAL MONUMENTS

Posted: July 12, 2017
Part of SVP’s core mission is to work for the protection of vertebrate fossils and the sites where they are found. This year the Trump Administration called for a review of all U.S. national monuments established since 1996 to determine whether they should be downsized or abolished altogether. On July 9, SVP submitted a comment letter to call for protection of vertebrate fossils and fossil sites in all 21 non-marine national ...  Read More

PBDB Happy Hour/ LGBT Annual Dinner in Calgary

Posted: July 10, 2017
PBDB (Paleobiology Database) Happy Hour Scheduled: Aug 24, 2017, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Location: Craft Beer Market 345 10 AVE SW, CALGARY, AB Please RSVP to Mark D. Uhen at muhen@gmu.edu, or just come! LGBT Annual Dinner Scheduled: Aug 24, 2017, 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM Location: Craft Beer Market 345 10 AVE SW, CALGARY, AB Please RSVP to Mark D. Uhen at muhen@gmu.edu, or just come!  Read More

Help needed for SVP response on National Monuments

Posted: June 20, 2017
Part of the core mission of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is to support and encourage the protection of vertebrate fossils and fossil sites. President Trump has called for review of 21 US National Monuments to determine whether their designated lands are appropriately classified under the Act as “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, [or] other objects of historic or scientific interest”. Bec...  Read More

Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante Regions: Comment on National Monuments

Posted: May 22, 2017
VP's core mission includes support and encourages the protection of vertebrate fossils and fossil sites.  Trump’s executive order 13792 mandates a review of the boundaries of 21 US national monuments, including two whose express purpose includes protecting vertebrate fossils.   We encourage SVP members to submit comments.  Two monuments that were designated for their vertebrate fossil resources -- Bears Ears...  Read More

March For Science, April 22

Posted: April 11, 2017
If any SVP member is participating in the March for Science in any locality, SVP has some logos for signs and t-shirts that are free to SVP members. If any SVP member is interested, they should contact Emily Rayfield at E.Rayfield@bristol.ac.uk for the website link and password. It would also be great if you could send Emily any images of you and your colleagues carrying the slogans / bearing the t-shrirts on a march. Also, if you t...  Read More

2017 Rohlf Medal Call for Nominations

Posted: March 31, 2017
2017 CALL FOR NOMINATIONSThe Rohlf Medal The Rohlf Medal was established in 2006 by the family and friends of F. James Rohlf to mark his 70th birthday. He has been a long time Stony Brook University faculty member and is currently Emeritus Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Recipients of the Rohlf Medal will be recognized for excellence in th...  Read More

Award and Abstract submission deadline extended until March 22, 2017 at 11:59 PM US EDT

Posted: March 14, 2017
The Award and Abstract for the annual meeting of SVP 2017 submission deadline has been extended until March 22, 2017 at 11:59 PM US EDT.  Please note that this will be the only extension!  Read More

Joint SVP / American Society of Anatomists Symposium

Posted: March 9, 2017
It is not too late to register for SVP’s joint symposium at the American Society of Anatomists annual meeting in Chicago (April 22-25).  Blaire Van Valkenburgh and Neil Shubin will be plenary lecturers and many other SVP members will be presenting. SVP members are entitled to register at member rate by selecting “SVP” on the registration form.   If you are interested, please visit the meeting site. Mee...  Read More

Committee Reports 2016

Posted: February 3, 2017
Committee Reports SVP 2016Auction Committee: Organized and held the 34th Annual SVP Auction with theme “Back to the Future” in Salt Lake City, Utah. The auction raised monies for the SVP Legacy League Fund. Silent Auction Totaled $9,945, live Auction Totaled $10,861 for total auction proceeds of $20,806. Preparations are being made for the 35th Annual SVP Auction in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The student and postdoctoral ...  Read More

Hagerman National Fossil Beds Fundraiser for African Students

Posted: February 3, 2017
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is holding a fundraising campaign to send an East African student to the Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya. The field school, which covers paleontology, archaeology, and geology, is held at one of the worlds most important fossil localities for understanding hominin evolution and African ecosystem change. Hagerman is a National Park Service "sister park" to Sibiloi National Park, where ...  Read More

Stratigraphic Paleobiology Field Course

Posted: February 3, 2017
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is pleased to join the Paleontological Society in co-sponsoring a Stratigraphic Paleobiology Field Course for graduate students in paleobiology. Spend two weeks in the Tobacco Root Mountains and the Upper Missouri Breaks National  Monument in Montana. Join Mark Patzkowsky, Steve Holland, Ray Rogers, and Kristi Curry Rogers to learn how to apply modern stratigraphic prin...  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

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 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

Press Release - A well-preserved skeleton reveals the ecology and evolution of early carnivorous mammals

Posted: December 8, 2015
A WELL-PRESERVED SKELETON REVEALS THE ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION OF EARLY CARNIVOROUS MAMMALSDEERFIELD, IL USA (December, 2015) – Prior to the rise of modern day mammalian carnivores (lions and tigers and bears, as well as weasels, raccoons, wolves and other members of the order Carnivora), North America was dominated by a now extinct group of mammalian carnivores – the hyaenodontids.  While fossils of hyaenodontids are r...  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
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