Posted: March 4, 2013
EERFIELD, ILLINOIS (March, 2013) – The uplift of the Isthmus of Panama 2.6 million years ago formed a land-bridge that has long thought to be the crucial step in the interchange of animals between the Americas, including armadillos and giant sloths moving up into North America and relatives of modern horses, rabbits, foxes, pigs, cats, dogs, and elephants down into South America. However, in the March 2013 issue of the Journal...  Read More

SVP News: Elections, Awards and More!

Posted: February 26, 2013
Elections SVP’s nomination committee is pleased to present the slate for 2013. You should have received an email  invitation to vote on Monday 2/25. Paper ballots will be mailed to those without email addresses. Please email if you have any questions or did not receive your link to vote. More information on the 2013 elections can be found HERE. Vote by April 8th!    Voting is a privile...  Read More

2013 Abstract Site Now Open!

Posted: February 12, 2013
We welcome the submission of abstracts in the following categories: Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize Session Education and Outreach Poster Session Edwin H. and Margaret M. Colbert Prize Session Preparators’ Session Regular Session Symposium Session (invited submissions only)Submission deadline for the Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize and the Edwin H. and Margaret M. Colbert Prize is Tuesday, A...  Read More

SVP 2013 SVP Award Applications Now Being Accepted!

Posted: February 6, 2013
SVP and the Award Committee is pleased to announce the opening of 2013 Award submissions. You may now apply, or nominate, via the online system for most SVP awards*. See the main Award Webpage and read the details of each award, Including eligibility requirements, instructions to apply and required materials.  Many awards require a current SVP membership. Be sure to renew for 2013 before applying!   We look forward t...  Read More

Call for 2014 Memoir Proposals

Posted: January 16, 2013
Deadline February 28, 2013   The SVP Publications Committee is now accepting 2014 Memoir Proposals! Please submit a 3-5 page proposal that includes:   ·  Length of the manuscript ·  Number of illustrations and whether any will be rendered in color ·  A detailed outline ·  Evidence of progress on the manuscript (e.g., completed sections of text, illus...  Read More

2013 SVP Awards

Posted: January 10, 2013
Award applications for the 2013 meeting will be accepted beginning in early February 2013. Check back for details.  Read More

Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Volume 33, Issue 1 is now online

Posted: January 8, 2013
Visit Taylor and Francis online to view the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Volume 33, Issue 1.   Read More

First fossil bird with teeth specialized for tough diet

Posted: January 7, 2013
DEERFIELD, IL (7 January 2013) - Beak shape variation in Darwin’s finches is a classic example of evolutionary adaptation, with beaks that vary widely in proportions and shape, reflecting a diversity of ecologies. While living birds have a beak to manipulate their food, their fossil bird ancestors had teeth. Now a new fossil discovery shows some fossil birds evolved teeth adapted for specialized diets.  ...  Read More

SVP 73rd Annual Meeting: Call for Field Trip and Workshop Proposals

Posted: December 12, 2012
The Host Committee for the SVP 73rd Annual Meeting, October 30 – November 2, 2013, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, hosted by Natural History Museum in Los Angeles is calling for field trip and workshop proposals.  The proposal must not exceed two pages and should include a concise description of the field trip or workshop, including where applicable:  Purpose and intended outcome. Date, time...  Read More

SVP 2013 Call for Symposia Proposals

Posted: December 12, 2012
CALL FOR SYMPOSIA PROPOSALS The Program Committee for the SVP 73rd Annual Meeting, October 30 – November 2, 2013, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, hosted by Natural History Museum in Los Angeles is calling for symposia proposals. Proposals should include: a concise description of the symposium topic including its significance and specific relevance to the particular meeting time and location (if appropria...  Read More

PRESS RELEASE - Recent studies bring fossils and genes together to piece together evolutionary history

Posted: November 7, 2012
DEERFIELD, ILLINOIS (November, 2011) – Paleontology, with its rocks and fossils, seems far removed from the world of developmental genetics, with its petri dishes and embryos. Whereas paleontology strives to determine "What happened in evolution?", developmental genetics uses gene control in embryos to try to answer "How did it happen?" Combined, the two approaches can lead to remarkable insights that benefi...  Read More

Call for Expression of Interest: Dinosaur Tourism Development in Mongolia

Posted: November 5, 2012
Since the expeditions of Roy Chapman Andrews found dinosaur eggs in Gobi some ninety year ago, the Gobi Desert of Mongolia has been known as one of the world’s greatest sources of dinosaur fossils. Every year international expeditions come to Mongolia to search for dinosaurs among the Gobi’s spectacular sandstone buttes and wind-blown dunes.   Thanks to a near century-old research and collection by internation...  Read More

Climate Change Makes More Shrew Species

Posted: October 22, 2012
RALEIGH, NC (October, 2012) – Anyone who went outside this summer felt the effects of climate change. Now the Eurasian shrew, Sorex araneus, can say the same. A new study by P. David Polly of Indiana University found that climate change caused shrews to change, genetically, and eventually become different species. Using shrew DNA and fossils, he found that this change occurred over hundreds of thousands of years during repea...  Read More

Dome-Headed Dinosaurs Did More than Just Butt Heads

Posted: October 22, 2012
RALEIGH, NC (October, 2012) – We have all seen nature shows with footage of bighorn sheep rearing up and "butting heads" with each other using their heads and enlarged horns. People often assume other animals with horns and comparable head structures have similar behaviors. For a long time this was the case for the dome-headed dinosaurs, the pachycephalosaurids (pack-y-sef-a-lo-sore-ids), who were thought to use th...  Read More

Mysterious Feathered Dinosaur was Agile Flyer

Posted: October 22, 2012
RALEIGH, NC (October, 2012) – In 2003, a mysterious and surprising dinosaur was discovered that possessed not only wings on its arms but also long feathers on each leg forming a “hind wing.” This was a completely new and unexpected body plan for a vertebrate (backboned) animal. Named Microraptor, this enigmatic animal set off a firestorm of debate about the role of “hind wings” and their importance in...  Read More

Flower Power

Posted: October 22, 2012
RALEIGH, NC (October, 2012) – A report at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Raleigh, North Carolina, explores the idea that the evolution of flowering plants (angiosperms) during the Cretaceous Period had a profound effect on the early diversification of mammals during the same time frame. Paleontologists investigate life on earth, often discovering and describing new forms and evolutionary...  Read More

Fossil Discovery Sheds Light on One of Evolution’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries: the Origin of Jaws

Posted: October 22, 2012
RALEIGH, NC (October, 2012) – The origin of jaws marks one of the biggest events in our deep evolutionary history, yet how and when this occurred is still one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of modern science. New fossil discoveries coming out of Southern China are shedding light on this problem, showing that ancient bone-covered jawless fishes called ‘galeapsids,’ which lived about 420 million years ago, had beg...  Read More

Oldest Primate Lived in Trees after the Extinction of Dinosaurs

Posted: October 22, 2012
RALEIGH, NC (October, 2012) – The Cretaceous-age Hell Creek Formation of Montana is best known for the discovery over a century ago of Tyrannosaurus rex. It also has produced some of the best fossils from the end of the Age of the Dinosaurs about 65 million years ago. At that time, the planet experienced a mass extinction that wiped out many species including non-avian dinosaurs. However, for many mammals, including our own anc...  Read More

Extinct Fossils Reveal their Genetic Pattern

Posted: October 22, 2012
RALEIGH, NC (October, 2012) – Researchers have provided a glimpse at genetic expression in long-extinct fossil dinosaurs. This new insight comes from the discovery of a correlation between the genetic patterning observed in today’s chickens and crocodiles, and the pattern of different bone shapes along their spines. For the first time a direct correlation between the genetic expression and morphological variation is ident...  Read More

Virtual aquarium in progress and help is needed

Posted: October 11, 2012
Virtual aquarium in progress and help is needed.   Two Germany based companies, Hypnocode and Visual Artefacts are planing to build a virtual Aquarium where people can watch and interact in real time with extinct marine reptiles and other creatures from the jurassic period. For this project we need your help. We are hoping to work closely with members of the svp in order to avoid any mistakes to achieve the most...  Read More
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