“Dinosaur 13” does not unearth the whole truth about paleontology and the protection of fossils on U.S. public lands

Posted: December 11, 2014
In light of the film Dinosaur 13, which describes the discovery and loss of the complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known as “Sue” by the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology reiterates its strong endorsement of the U.S. Federal laws and regulations that protect fossils on public lands, which are fully consistent with the professional standards held by paleontological sci...  Read More

Press Release - Phenomenal fossil and detailed analysis reveal details about an enigmatic group of fossil mammals

Posted: December 10, 2014
DEERFIELD, IL (December, 2014) - Mammals that lived during the time of the dinosaurs are often portrayed as innocuous, small-bodied creatures, scurrying under the feet of the huge reptiles. In reality, this wasn’t the case, and a new fossil from Madagascar further underscores this point, revealing fascinating perspectives on the growing diversity of Mesozoic mammals. Vintana sertichi had previously been described in a prelimina...  Read More

JVP Vol 34 Issue Supplement 1 now online

Posted: December 10, 2014
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Volume 34 Issue Supplement 1,  is now online:http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ujvp20/34/sup1  Read More


Posted: November 8, 2014
A/C CAME STANDARD ON ARMORED DINOSAUR MODELSBerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Sweating, panting, moving to the shade, or taking a dip are all time-honored methods used by animals to cool down. The implicit goal of these adaptations is always to keep the brain from overheating. Now a new study shows that armor-plated dinosaurs (ankylosaurs) had the capacity to modify the temperature of the air they breathed in an exceptional ...  Read More

Press Release - New Research Employs High-End Technology to Restore Dinosaur Fossil

Posted: November 6, 2014
Bethesda, MD—Fossils are usually deformed or incompletely preserved when they are found, after sometimes millions of years of fossilization processes. Consequently, fossils have to be studied very carefully to avoid damage, and are sometimes they are difficult to access, as they might be located in remote museum collections. An international team of scientists, led by Dr. Stephan Lautenschlager from the University of Bristol no...  Read More


Posted: November 6, 2014
NEW INSIGHTS INTO AN OLD BIRD  Berlin, Germany (November, 2014) – The dodo is among the most famous extinct creatures, and a poster child for human-caused extinction events.  Despite its notoriety, and the fact that the species was alive during recorded human history, little is actually known about how this animal lived, looked, and behaved.  A new study of the only known complete skeleton from a single bird tak...  Read More

Press Release - Exquisite Ancient Horse Fossil Preserves Uterus with Unborn Foal

Posted: November 6, 2014
EXQUISITE ANCIENT HORSE FOSSIL PRESERVES UTERUS WITH UNBORN FOAL Berlin, Germany (November, 2014) – A specimen of the ancient horse Eurohippus messelensis has been discovered in Germany that preserves a fetus as well as parts of the uterus and associated tissues. It demonstrates that reproduction in early horses was very similar to that of modern horses, despite great differences in size and structure. Eurohippus messel...  Read More

Press Release - Tricky Take-Off Kept Pterodactyls Grounded

Posted: November 6, 2014
 TRICKY TAKE-OFF KEPT PTERODACTYLS GROUNDEDBerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – A new study, which teamed cutting-edge engineering techniques  with paleontology, has found that take-off capacity may have determined body size limits in extinct flying reptiles. The research simulated pterodactyl flight using computer modeling, and will be presented at the upcoming Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Berlin. Fi...  Read More

Press Release - Complete 9000 Year Old Frozen Bison Mummy found in Siberia

Posted: November 6, 2014
COMPLETE 9,000 YEAR OLD FROZEN BISON MUMMY FOUND IN SIBERIABerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Many large charismatic mammals went extinct at the end of the Ice Age (approx 11,000 years ago), including the Steppe bison, Bison priscus. A recent find in Eastern Siberia has uncovered one of these bison, literally, frozen in time. The most complete frozen mummy of the Steppe bison yet known, dated to 9,300 years before present, w...  Read More

Press Release - Rabbit- Hoof Proof: Ungulates Suppressed Lagomorph Evolution

Posted: November 6, 2014
Skulls of living lagomorphs, cavviid rodents, and a small ungulate. Front row from left: Mouse-deer (Field Museum of Natural History specimen no.68770), Andean mountain cavy (FMNH 53654), American pika (FMNH 12590), Alaskan hare (FMNH 9867). Back row: capybara (FMNH 79933). [Photo by S. Tomiya]RABBIT-PROOF HOOF: UNGULATES SUPPRESSED LAGOMORPH EVOLUTIONBerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Closely related groups can differ drama...  Read More

Press Release - Taking a Deeper Look at "Ancient Wing"

Posted: November 5, 2014
 TAKING A DEEPER LOOK AT “ANCIENT WING”Berlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Reconstructing ancient life has long required a certain degree of imagination. This is especially true when considering the coloration of long-extinct organisms. However, new methods of investigation are being incorporated into paleontology that may shed light (and color) on fossils. Research presented at the recent Society of Vertebrat...  Read More

Press Release - African Diamond Mine Reveals Dinosaur and Large Mammal Tracks

Posted: November 5, 2014
AFRICAN DIAMOND MINE REVEALS DINOSAUR AND LARGE MAMMAL TRACKSBerlin, Germany (November, 2014) – Unexpectedly one of the largest diamond mines in Africa, Catoca in Angola, holds 118 million year old dinosaur, crocodile and large mammal tracks. The mammal tracks show a raccoon-sized animal, during a time when most were no larger than a rat. Nearly 70 distinct tracks were recovered in the Catoca mine in Angola. All the tracks wer...  Read More

35th International Geological Congress in South Africa

Posted: September 15, 2014
The 35th International Geological Congress is scheduled to be hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa from 27 August to 4 September 2016. This prestigious Congress is held every four years in another location under the flag of the International Union of Geological Sciences. As can be deducted from the official Congress website: http://www.35igc.org/, it is a truly international congress, cove...  Read More

Press Release - New Species of Extinct Dolphin sheds light on River Dolphin History

Posted: September 10, 2014
Photo of the skull and partial mandible of the new squalodelphinid species Huaridelphis raimondii, with an outline of the head and potential fish prey. © G.Bianucci. Photos of the skull o...  Read More

JVP Vol 34 Issue 5 now online

Posted: September 9, 2014
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Volume 34 Issue 5 is now online: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ujvp20/34/5  Read More

Press Release: Ancient Hedgehog and Tapir Once Inhabited British Columbia

Posted: July 15, 2014
The Earth has experienced many dramatic changes in climate since the dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago. One of the warmest periods was the early Eocene Epoch, 50 to 53 million years ago. During this interval, North American mammal communities were quite distinct from those of today. This is illustrated by a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology that describes an ancient hedgehog and t...  Read More

Gregory Award and JSG Travel Award Winners Announced!

Posted: July 10, 2014
Congratulations to our award winners!  See 2014 award page for complete list.   Read More

JVP Volume 34 Issue 4 now online

Posted: July 9, 2014
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Volume 34 Issue 4 is now online:http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ujvp20/34/4  Read More

SVP 2014 Award Winners Announced

Posted: June 11, 2014
Congratulations to our 2014 winners.  Please see the listing for complete details.  Jackson Student Travel Grants will be announced in early July.  Read More

Press Release: Redescription of the Oldest-Known Dolphin Skull Sheds Light on their Origins and Evolution

Posted: May 13, 2014
Bethesda, MD – Dolphins are the most diverse family of living marine mammals and include species such as the bottlenose dolphin and the killer whale. However, their early evolution and fossil record has been steeped in mystery due to lack of good specimens. A new paper published in latest issue of...  Read More
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