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A new JVP Memoir 20 is published today.

Posted: November 6, 2020
A new JVP memoir 20: Anatomy, Relationships, and Paleobiology of Cambaytherium (Mammalia, Perissodactylamorpha, Anthracobunia) from the lower Eocene of western India is published today. Press Release from Tylor& Frances can be found here.    Read More

Free webnar: The first carnical of the animals: Causes and consequences of the diversification of Early Paleozoic marine life

Posted: October 22, 2020
Event: Thursday, 29 October 2020 -  8am (GMT) / 4pm (Beijing) Register here. Presented by: Professor Renbin Zhan, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology Professor David Harper, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University What will be covered? Life has been evolving on our planet for some four billion years but for most of geological time life was microbial Within a window ...  Read More

Auction of T. rex "Stan"

Posted: September 24, 2020
SVP has written to the auction house Christie's New York concerning the high-profile sale of the Tyrannosaurus rex specimen known as STAN: https://www.christies.com/zmags?ZmagsPublishID=069793ad In recent high profile auctions of dinosaur specimens such as the sale of an Allosaurus by Aguttes auction house and the sale of an Allosaurus and Camptosaurus by Artcurial auction house, SVP requested that the sale be cancelled and that...  Read More

DEB Virtual Office Hours on September 10, 2020 at 1:00PM EDT

Posted: August 26, 2020
Systematics and Biodiversity Science (SBS) Program Directors in NSF’s Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) will be hosting a special edition of DEB Virtual Office Hours to share information with the systematics community about funding opportunities.When: September 10 at 1:00 PM EDTTopic: Special proposal categories designed to support systematics research (e.g., ARTS and PurSUiT), cross-cutting programs that systematists mig...  Read More

Paleontological Society Undergraduate Opportunity - Due September 7th!

Posted: August 17, 2020
The Paleontological Society seeks to support undergraduate students interested in a career in paleontology who plan to attend the 2020 virtual Geological Society of America meeting (Oct 26-30, 2020). A limited number of grants are available to offset the student registration fee ($125) for the virtual conference. In addition to registration support, students will participate in a three month long mentoring opportunity with professi...  Read More

Book: Rebels, Scholars, Explorers Women in Vertebrate Paleontology by Annalisa Berta and Susan Turner

Posted: August 8, 2020
Posted: 6/16/2020 Updated: 8/8/2020 SVP members Dr. Annalisa Berta and Dr. Susan Turner's new book, 'Rebels, Scholars, Explorers  Women in Vertebrate Paleontology' tells hidden stories of women who changed paleontology forever. View Women in VP See more detail about the book (Use promotion code HTWN to receive 30% discount)    Read More

Further information on Myanmar amber, mining, human rights violations, and amber trade

Posted: July 22, 2020
On April 21st, 2020, SVP released a statement to members on amber containing fossil inclusions from Myanmar (“On Burmese amber and fossil repositories”) and sent a letter to the editors of scientific journals alerting them to the ethical issues surrounding fossils from Burmese amber. Here we provide additional information and draw attention to freely available resources about human rights violations and abuses in Myanmar,...  Read More

American Geosciences Institute Covid-19 study

Posted: July 9, 2020
The American Geosciences Institute is conducting a year-long study to understand the impacts on geoscientists, employers and educational institutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to discover which of these changes will become permanent. This survey is open to all geoscientists, including geoscience students, retired, and not currently employed, who reside in the United States, and are at least 18 years old, as well as r...  Read More

SVP 2020 Annual meeting announcement

Posted: July 1, 2020
Due to ongoing travel restrictions and COVID-19 impacts, SVP has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person 2020 SVP annual meeting planned in Cincinnati, Ohio, October 14-17. We are working to reschedule the annual conference in Cincinnati for a future date, and we will share details when they are finalized. SVP is planning to host a virtual conference in October 2020. Though a virtual offering necessitates restructuring t...  Read More

Book: Bruner, John Clay. 2019. Type Specimens of Fossil Fishes: Catalogue of the University of Alberta Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology

Posted: June 24, 2020
Book: Bruner, John Clay. 2019. Type Specimens of Fossil Fishes: Catalogue of the University of Alberta Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 166 pp. ISBN 9780429398582 CAT# KE69888 Published January 10, 2019. ABSTRACT: This is the first list ever compiled of the fossil fish types deposited in the collections of the University of Alberta Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology (UALVP). This collect...  Read More

Event: GSA/NAGT webinar series "Using Digital Field Tools for Remote Teaching"

Posted: June 12, 2020
Free GSA/NAGT webinar series: 'Using Digital Field Tools for Remote Teaching'. 1. Using Google Earth for Remote Teaching, Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 11 a.m. MDT (Register here) Google Earth is a powerful, but easy-to-use platform for virtually exploring natural features around the globe. The capability to create and share custom content for Google Earth has resulted in an abundance of presentations, exercises, and virtua...  Read More

SVP statement on Discovery Channel's The Dino Hunter

Posted: June 11, 2020
The Society send a revised letter to the Discovery Channel and Half Yard Production on their upcoming Dino Hunters series. Although we stand by our statements the letter has been revised to reflect the fact that the promotional material SVP received was incorrect and misleading about Mr. Nate Murphy's role in the production. Mr Murphy is not featured in the series and SVP apologizes to Mr. Murphy.  Read More

SVP statement on recent events

Posted: June 1, 2020
We recognize that science is done by people, and the best science is done when people from all backgrounds have the same opportunities and can expect equal respect. We know that this has not been the case.  As a scientific society we are committed to diversity and equity in our science and condemn racism of any form and we stand with our Black and BIPOC members. Yet we know we need to do better, to educate, and to promote and am...  Read More

On Burmese Amber and Fossil Repositories: SVP Members' Cooperation Requested!

Posted: April 21, 2020
Dear Fellow SVP Members: Vertebrate paleontology as a field of science depends upon the ethical acquisition and long-term availability of fossil specimens. These fundamentals are written into SVP’s bylaws and code of ethics. Nonetheless, our profession also exists within a broader community, where new ethical situations arise in the face of global events. One area of growing concern centers on the Cretaceous amber mines of no...  Read More

important information on the 2020 annual meeting and SVP membership

Posted: April 9, 2020
As we all know by now, COVID-19 has had an extraordinary impact on the world, with new, unsettling information arising each day regarding the health and safety of our communities, the ability to travel and the devastating financial impact on the economy. We sincerely hope that you and your family are healthy and safe during this pandemic. As we all work to navigate through this crisis, SVP wants you to know that we are here for you.B...  Read More

Resources for Online Teaching (COVID-19)

Posted: March 13, 2020
My Dear Colleagues, I hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy amidst the spread and repercussions of COVID-19. As many universities, schools, and other organizations shift to online education, Rowan Lockwood (William and Mary, Paleontological Society Education and Outreach Coordinator) and many other educators are compiling links for online paleontology and historical geology resources into a publicly accessible Google Sheet:http...  Read More

SVP RESPONDS TO THE WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY'S PUBLIC COMMENT REQUEST

Posted: March 10, 2020
SVP submitted an official letter in response to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's public comment request on Draft Desirable Characteristics of Repositories for Managing and Sharing Data Resulting from Federally Funded Research. SVP thanks those who helped draft the comment letter.  Letter can be found here: http://vertpaleo.org/GlobalPDFS/RFC-Response-Desirable-Repository-Characteristics.aspx    Read More

Abstract Submission Site Open!

Posted: February 10, 2020
The abstract submission site for the SVP 2020 annual meeting in Cincinnati, OH is now open!Click here to submit your abstract!Abstract deadlines:Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize (submissions will be accepted beginning Wednesday, February 12th) due date Thursday, March 19, 2020 (11:59 PM EST)Jon C. Graff Prize (now accepting submissions): due date Thursday, March 19, 2020 (11:59 PM EST)All other categories of abstracts (now accepting submi...  Read More

SVP Partners with MCI USA, Global Association Management Solution

Posted: January 22, 2020
Partnership Accelerates Ability to Serve Association Members and the Vertebrate Paleontology Community Through Innovative, Growth-Centered Solutions The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) is pleased to announce our partnership with MCI USA, a leading association management company with six offices around the US and 61 offices globally. As SVP continues to develop how we serve our members, this partnership with MCI USA further ...  Read More

BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR REPOSITING AND DISSEMINATING CONTEXTUAL DATA ASSOCIATED WITH VERTEBRATE FOSSILS: SECOND EDITION RELEASED

Posted: December 4, 2019
SVP releases the second edition of best practice guidelines to facilitate preservation of paleontological resources in the field and to maximize the scientific value of research collections now and in the future: Best Practice Guidelines for Repositing and Disseminating Contextual Data Associated with Vertebrate Fossils. The best practices presented are meant as guidelines, and SVP will continue to periodically review and revise thi...  Read More
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