Patterson Memorial Grant Now Accepting Applications

Posted: January 3, 2011
The Patterson Memorial Grant, named in honor of Dr. Bryan Patterson, supports graduate and undergraduate student field work in vertebrate paleontology. The application date for this award is earlier than most SVP awards so the winners can utilize the grant funds for summer projects.   The Patterson Memorial Grant award amount this year is $2,700. To apply for this award, follow the instructions on the Pat...  Read More

2011 SVP Program for Scientists from Economically Developing Nations Now Accepting Applications

Posted: January 3, 2011
The SVP Program for Scientists from Economically Developing Nations is now accepting applications for the the SVP 71st  Annual Meeting to be held in Las Vegas, NV, USA in 2011. The submission deadline is Tuesday, February 15, 2011 noon Central Time USA. See the SEDN Web page for submission details.   Nancy Stevens, SEDN Chair  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Bizarre reptile challenges notion of crocodiles as ‘living fossils’

Posted: December 9, 2010
DEERFIELD, IL  (November, 2010) – The 20-odd species of living alligators and crocodiles are nearly all that remains of what was once an incredibly diverse group of reptiles called crocodyliforms. Recent discoveries of fossil crocodyliforms have revealed that some of these reptiles, instead of conforming to traditional crocodile norms (long snout, conical teeth, strong jaw and long tail) possessed a dazzling array of ad...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Oldest dinosaur embryos give insights into infancy and growth

Posted: November 12, 2010
DEERFIELD, IL  (November, 2010) – After sitting in collections for nearly 30 years, some remarkably well-preserved dinosaur eggs and their contents are offering new insights into the infancy and growth of early dinosaurs. They represent the oldest embryos of any land-dwelling vertebrate ever found. Image 1 The eggs, found in 1976 in South Africa, date from the early part of t...  Read More

SVP President Philip Currie receives The Alberta Order of Excellence

Posted: October 27, 2010
Famed paleontologist Philip Currie often spends his night in tents and days in dust. He recently returned to his Edmonton home from Mongolia, and will travel to Antarctica late this year to help unearth another dinosaur. However, on Wednesday, Alberta's well-known fossil hunter was clad in a tuxedo and mingled with politicians and provincial leaders at Government House as he was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence....  Read More

SVP News Bulletin Retires In Its Current Form

Posted: September 15, 2010
Dear SVP Members, Few things have changed as rapidly over the last several years as the way we communicate. We have all seen an exponential increase in the speed and volume of information exchanges in our lives. As part of this zeitgeist, the SVP Web site is carrying more and more of the Society’s news at an ever-quicker pace, resulting in a duplication of information formerly carried exclusively by the SVP News Bulletin. ...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Fossil of giant, bony-toothed bird from Chile sets new record for wingspan

Posted: September 15, 2010
DEERFIELD, IL  (May, 2010) – A newly discovered skeleton of an ancient seabird from northern Chile provides evidence that giant birds were soaring the skies there 5-10 million years ago. The wing bones of the animal exceed those of all other birds in length; its wingspan would have been at least 5.2 m (17 ft.). This is the largest safely established wingspan for a bird. Other, larger estimates for fossil birds have been...  Read More

A Future for Geological Sciences at Michigan State

Posted: July 29, 2010
I am very pleased to pass along to SVP members the news that, following a period in which the Department of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University was threatened with closure, a plan has been developed and approved that focuses on securing the future of geosciences at MSU. The plan has the backing of our Dean and the MSU Provost and President. It involves a series of steps over the next five years to increase research fu...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Remarkable fossil cave shows how ancient marsupials grew

Posted: July 14, 2010
DEERFIELD, IL  (July 14, 2010) – The discovery of a remarkable 15-million-year-old Australian fossil limestone cave packed with even older animal bones has revealed almost the entire life cycle of a large prehistoric marsupial, from suckling young in the pouch still cutting their milk teeth to elderly adults.  In an unprecedented find, a team of University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers has unearthed from ...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Prominent Paleontologist Honored by Alberta Order of Excellence

Posted: June 20, 2010
DEERFIELD, IL (June 24, 2010) – Dr. Phillip Currie, Vice President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, professor at the University of Alberta, and a world-renowned expert on dinosaurs, has been honored with investiture in the Alberta Order of Excellence (AOE).  The AOE is the highest honor the province can bestow on a citizen.  Dr. Currie is one of only eight new members for 2010 and will be inducted into th...  Read More

Highlight Excellence in Vertebrate Paleontology – Apply or Submit a Nomination for an SVP Award

Posted: June 7, 2010
Apply or Nominate Someone for one of 18 Different SVP Awards, Prizes, and Grants Recognize the achievements of a colleague and bring awareness to the important discoveries taking place in the field of vertebrate paleontology. The SVP is now accepting submissions for a variety of awards, grants and prizes through the SVP Online Awards Submission System and Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize Online Submission System. Online s...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - New skeletons from the Age of Dinosaurs answer century-old questions

Posted: May 20, 2010
  DEERFIELD, IL  (May, 2010) – More than 100 years ago paleontologist E. D. Cope of "Dinosaur Wars" fame found a few fragmentary bones of a reptile in the deserts of New Mexico. He named the reptile Typothorax. A century later Typothorax, which belongs to a group of reptiles called aetosaurs, remained something of a mystery, known mainly from pieces of armor, a few limb bones, and some sectio...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - New Bird Fossil Hints at More Undiscovered Chinese Treasures

Posted: March 24, 2010
  DEERFIELD, IL (March 24, 2010) – The study of Mesozoic birds and the dinosaur-bird transition is one of the most exciting and vigorous fields in vertebrate paleontology today. A newly described bird from the Jehol Biota of northeast China suggests that scientists have only tapped a small proportion of the birds and dinosaurs that were living at that time, and that the rocks still have many secrets to reveal. &q...  Read More

Further Update on the Proposed Drilling on Ellesmere Island

Posted: March 3, 2010
Colleagues and Members of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, I'm writing to let you know of the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s (NIRB) response to Weststar's proposed Ellesmere Island Coal Project. I have attached their letter (now posted on the NIRB Web site), and the news couldn't be better!  Given the potential adverse impacts to wildlife and paleontological resources, NIRB has recommen...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - New Species of Tyrannosaur DIiscovered in Southwestern U.S.

Posted: January 29, 2010
  DEERFIELD, IL (January 29, 2010) -- New Mexico is known for amazing local cuisine, Aztec ruins and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  In the January issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, paleontologists Thomas Williamson of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Thomas Carr of Carthage College bring a new superstar to the state. Bistahieversor sealeyi (pronounced: bistah-he-ee-versor&nbs...  Read More

Letter to the NIRB re: Ellesmere Island

Posted: January 22, 2010
Expressing concern over the possible loss of fossil resources in regards to a proposed coal mining project by Westar Resources, Inc. on Ellesmere Island (Nunavut) in Canada's eastern High Arctic, the SVP has issued a press release, alerted its membership, posted a statement and would now like to share the letter sent to the Nunavut Impact Review Board.     Read More

Update on Ellesmere Island

Posted: January 22, 2010
While no decisions have been made regarding the proposed coal mining project on Ellesmere Island in Canda, the SVP's efforts have drawn local attention to the concern over the possible loss of fossil resources. Follow this link to an article from the CBC News:  Read More

TIME SENSITIVE re: Proposed Mining of Ellesmere Island

Posted: January 14, 2010
TIME SENSITIVE COMMUNICATION  Dear members and colleagues, As some of you may have heard, a proposed coal mining exploration project for Ellesmere Island (Nunavut) is currently under review. The proposed drilling areas include some of the most important fossil sites in the Arctic including known Pliocene and Eocene fossil sites in the Strathcona Fiord area. If you are interested in writing a letter of concern, it should...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Concern Over Possible Loss of Fossil Resources

Posted: January 14, 2010
DEERFIELD, IL (January 14, 2010) – A proposed coal mining project by Westar Resources, Inc. on Ellesmere Island (Nunavut) in Canada's eastern High Arctic is currently under review by the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB), an environmental assessment agency established under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement whose objectives are to protect and promote the well-being of the residents, communities and ecosystems of Nun...  Read More

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
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