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

Press Release- A new study of fossil bone growth reveals the ancestry of mammalian 'warm-bloodedness'

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – Most people know that ‘warm-bloodedness’ is a characteristic of mammals.  This trait actually encompasses a suite of physiological processes that help to maintain a relatively high, constant body temperature using heat generated internally.  A new study by Christen Don Shelton of the University of Cape Town, South Africa and his colleague, Martin Sander at the University of Bon...  Read More

Press Release- Unique feeding mechanism among marine reptiles from the age of dinosaurs

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) - Among the many groups of marine reptiles from the Age of Dinosaurs, elasmosaurs are famous for their necks, which can have up to 76 vertebrae and make up more than half the total length of the animal. These “sea dragons” attained worldwide distribution and vanished only during the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous 66 million years ago.   Fossils of the elasmosaur Aristonectes...  Read More

Press Release- 300 million-year-old ‘supershark' fossils found in Texas

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – Even before the age of dinosaurs, big toothy predators were roaming Texas. 300 million years ago, during a time called the Carboniferous, the area surrounding what is now Dallas, Texas was flooded by a shallow sea. Fossils from this ancient environment were recently recovered from Jacksboro, Texas by Mark McKinzie and Robert Williams of the Dallas Paleontological Society. Among these were two f...  Read More

Press Release- Mummified seals reveal ecological impact of ice change

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – Scientists are using the mummified remains of seals freeze-dried in Antarctica to examine the long-term effects of changing ice patterns on marine mammal ecology. Recent work, presented this week at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meetings in Dallas, Texas, examined over five hundred seal mummies collected from the Ross Sea region. Findings suggest that while some species maintain a similar e...  Read More

Press Release- Transitional species of duckbilled dinosaurs illuminate the relationship between evolution and growth

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – The discovery of two new transitional species is helping reveal the pattern of evolution in duckbilled dinosaurs, providing key insight into the intricate relationship between changes during growth and the evolution of elaborate display structures.   An emergent field of research in dinosaur paleobiology investigates the relative importance of linear, non-branching evolution (anagenesis) comp...  Read More

Press Release- Mammal body-size responds to climate change in ancient Wyoming

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – Evidence from fossils suggests that multiple global warming events, which occurred over 50 million years ago, impacted the evolution of mammals living in ancient Wyoming. Using over seven thousand fossilized teeth, paleontologist Amy Chew found a reduction in body size of mammal populations, hypothesized to be related to warming events. This work, to be presented at the upcoming Society of Vertebrat...  Read More

Press Release- A study of weanning age in fossil elephants gives hints about the cause of their extinction

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – The extinctions of many giant mammals, like mammoths, at the end of the Ice Ages is a story that most people know about.  The causes of these extinctions have long been debated in the scientific literature.  Climate change and over-hunting by humans, as well as a combination of these, have all been argued.  New techniques for interpreting life-history data from fossil tusks may help t...  Read More

Press Release- Adolescent T. rex unraveling controversy about growth changes in Tyrannosaurus

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – A much-anticipated study of an adolescent Tyrannosaurus rex is poised to help resolve long-standing controversies over the growth of tyrannosaurid dinosaurs.   In 2001, a paleontology field crew from Burpee Museum of Natural History (Rockford, IL) were prospecting for dinosaur fossils near Ekalaka, Montana, when they discovered bones of a half-grown T. rex weathering out f...  Read More

Press Release- Early humans linked to ancient Australian extinction

Posted: October 21, 2015
DALLAS, TX (October, 2015) – While the anthropogenic impact on global species diversity is clear, the role of ancient human populations in causing extinctions is more controversial. New data presented this week at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meetings in Dallas, Texas, implicates early humans in the extinction of large mammals, birds and lizards in Australia. More precise dating of these extinction events places them ...  Read More

New Exhibit at the Main Interior Building

Posted: September 10, 2015
A new installation is coming to the Main Interior Building.  Deinosuchus, the "terrible crocodile".  SVP Excom had the opportunity to visit the display during the recent mid-yr meeting.     Read More

Jackson Student Travel Grant Awardees

Posted: July 6, 2015
JSG awardees now posted on the website!  Congratulations!  See the list HERE  Read More

SVP 2015 Award Winners Announced

Posted: June 11, 2015
Congratulations to our 2015 winners.  Please see the listing for complete details.  Jackson Student Travel Grants will be announced in a few weeks.  Read More

2015 Registration now open!

Posted: June 9, 2015
Click Here to Register Now for the SVP 75th Annual Meeting!  Read More
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