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About The Society


Top: Don Lofgren (left) watches some of his Webb School students apply plaster bandages to a fossil turtle carapace. Photo by David K. Smith.

Bottom: A field camp in Mongolia; photo by Brian Kraatz © 2005 UCMP.

Founded in 1940, the society now has more than 2,300 members representing professionals, students, artists, preparators, and others interested in vertebrate paleontology. The society is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes. The object of the society is to advance the science of vertebrate paleontology and to serve the common interests and facilitate the cooperation of all persons concerned with the history, evolution, comparative anatomy, and taxonomy of vertebrate animals, as well as field occurrence, collection, and study of fossil vertebrates and the stratigraphy of the beds in which they are found. The society is also concerned with the conservation and preservation of fossil sites.


WE ARE SVP (the video) 

This video tells the inside story of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology -- who we are, what we do, and why our work is important for science and society. The video is introduced and narrated by Sam Waterston, the long-time star of "LAW & ORDER."


Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel: 301-634-7814
Fax: 301-634-7455
Email: svp@vertpaleo.org