SVP COMMENTS ON BEARS EARS AND GRAND-STAIRCASE ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENTS

Posted: May 26, 2017
As announced in the SVP's May 22 post, the public comment period to respond to U.S. President Trump's Executive Order 13792, that mandates a review of the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monuments in Utah, ended on May 26. On May 25, SVP submitted a comment letter to call for protection of vertebrate fossils and fossil sites in areas designated as Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monuments. You can view t...  Read More

5th International Palaeontological Congress : July 9-13, 2018

Posted: May 25, 2017
5th International Palaeontological Congress (IPC) to be held in Paris, France, from the 9th-13th July 2018.  IPC is organised every four years under the auspices of the International  Palaeontological Association; more information can be found on the website (https://ipc5.sciencesconf.org/) and in the first circular.   Please note that the deadline for submitting proposals for symposia is the 31st of May 2017. Inst...  Read More

Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante Regions: Comment on National Monuments

Posted: May 22, 2017
VP's core mission includes support and encourages the protection of vertebrate fossils and fossil sites.  Trump’s executive order 13792 mandates a review of the boundaries of 21 US national monuments, including two whose express purpose includes protecting vertebrate fossils.   We encourage SVP members to submit comments.  Two monuments that were designated for their vertebrate fossil resources -- Bears Ears...  Read More

March For Science, April 22

Posted: April 11, 2017
If any SVP member is participating in the March for Science in any locality, SVP has some logos for signs and t-shirts that are free to SVP members. If any SVP member is interested, they should contact Emily Rayfield at E.Rayfield@bristol.ac.uk for the website link and password. It would also be great if you could send Emily any images of you and your colleagues carrying the slogans / bearing the t-shrirts on a march. Also, if you t...  Read More

2017 Rohlf Medal Call for Nominations

Posted: March 31, 2017
2017 CALL FOR NOMINATIONSThe Rohlf Medal The Rohlf Medal was established in 2006 by the family and friends of F. James Rohlf to mark his 70th birthday. He has been a long time Stony Brook University faculty member and is currently Emeritus Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Recipients of the Rohlf Medal will be recognized for excellence in th...  Read More

Fossils Stolen from Death Valley National Park

Posted: March 30, 2017
 National Park Service  U.S. Department of the Interior Release Date: March 28, 2017 Contact: Linda Slater, 760 786-3279, Linda_Slater@nps.govFossils Stolen from Death Valley National Park DEATH VALLEY, CALIF.—Park rangers recently discovered that fossil footprints were removed from Death Valley National Park. Trackways of mammals and birds were formed about 3 to 5 million years ago, when the animals left footpr...  Read More

Award and Abstract submission deadline extended until March 22, 2017 at 11:59 PM US EDT

Posted: March 14, 2017
The Award and Abstract for the annual meeting of SVP 2017 submission deadline has been extended until March 22, 2017 at 11:59 PM US EDT.  Please note that this will be the only extension!  Read More

Joint SVP / American Society of Anatomists Symposium

Posted: March 9, 2017
It is not too late to register for SVP’s joint symposium at the American Society of Anatomists annual meeting in Chicago (April 22-25).  Blaire Van Valkenburgh and Neil Shubin will be plenary lecturers and many other SVP members will be presenting. SVP members are entitled to register at member rate by selecting “SVP” on the registration form.   If you are interested, please visit the meeting site. Mee...  Read More

Committee Reports 2016

Posted: February 3, 2017
Committee Reports SVP 2016Auction Committee: Organized and held the 34th Annual SVP Auction with theme “Back to the Future” in Salt Lake City, Utah. The auction raised monies for the SVP Legacy League Fund. Silent Auction Totaled $9,945, live Auction Totaled $10,861 for total auction proceeds of $20,806. Preparations are being made for the 35th Annual SVP Auction in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The student and postdoctoral ...  Read More

Hagerman National Fossil Beds Fundraiser for African Students

Posted: February 3, 2017
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is holding a fundraising campaign to send an East African student to the Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya. The field school, which covers paleontology, archaeology, and geology, is held at one of the worlds most important fossil localities for understanding hominin evolution and African ecosystem change. Hagerman is a National Park Service "sister park" to Sibiloi National Park, where ...  Read More

Stratigraphic Paleobiology Field Course

Posted: February 3, 2017
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is pleased to join the Paleontological Society in co-sponsoring a Stratigraphic Paleobiology Field Course for graduate students in paleobiology. Spend two weeks in the Tobacco Root Mountains and the Upper Missouri Breaks National  Monument in Montana. Join Mark Patzkowsky, Steve Holland, Ray Rogers, and Kristi Curry Rogers to learn how to apply modern stratigraphic prin...  Read More

SVP on immigration ban 2017

Posted: February 1, 2017
Vertebrate paleontology is a truly global science that knows no national borders.  Vertebrate fossils and the rock units that bear them are distributed around the world, as are vertebrate paleontologists.  Our field thrives on the ever growing diversity of our colleagues, we fully embrace contributions from all nationalities in our Society.  Free exchange of ideas and the freedom to travel to conferences, field sites...  Read More

AAMP Annual Meeting, April 19-22

Posted: January 31, 2017
The Association for Materials and Methods in Paleontology (AMMP) Annual Meeting is April 19-22, 2017 at the University of Texas, Austin.  Hosted by the Vertebrate Paleontology Labs, the meeting will feature oral presentations, hands-on workshops and field trips.  The abstract submission and meeting registration sites are open.  Share your new materials and methods, refinements on old materials and methods, and case stu...  Read More

Paleo Society Outreach and Education Grants

Posted: January 7, 2017
Are you interested in outreach and education in paleontology? The Paleontological Society offers outreach and education grants to support activities involving educational outreach and community engagement in paleontology.  Must be a member of the Paleontological Society to be eligible.Potentially fundable projects include (but are not limited to): opportunities for undergraduates to become involved in paleontological outreach...  Read More

Presidential proclamation: Bears Ears and Gold Butte National Monument

Posted: December 29, 2016
On Dec 28, the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in southeast Nevada were established by presidential proclamation.  Among the reasons cited for protecting the areas are their paleontological resources.  The Bears Ears area has yielded a series of important vertebrate localities ranging from mid-Paleozoic through mid-Mesozoic, and Gold Butte preserves spectacular t...  Read More

Best Practice Guidelines for Repositing and Disseminating Contextual Data Associated with Vertebrate Fossils

Posted: December 27, 2016
SVP introduces 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 periodically review and revise this document as needed.&nbs...  Read More

Erle Galen Kauffman (1933-2016)

Posted: December 22, 2016
Erle Galen Kauffman, 83, Professor Emeritus, Geological Sciences at Indiana University, died peacefully at home December 16 after a long illness. Honored for his many contributions to the Geological and Paleontological sciences, Erle also was acknowledged as a master teacher, researcher and mentor, advancing the education of many through his passion for learning, rigorous science, and generosity of ideas. Erle held an academic positi...  Read More

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

TRAITS PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE: QUANTITATIVE APPROACHES TO PALEONTOLOGY, CONSERVATION, AND CLIMATE CHANGE BIOLOGY IN AFRICA. A CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP

Posted: December 3, 2016
The Integrated Climate Change Biology Programme of the IUBS, the National Museums of Kenya, and SVP are sponsoring a symposium and workshop entitled: "Traits past, present, and future: Quantitative approaches to conservation and climate change biology in Africa" held on 6 - 8 March 2017 at the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya. This event will bring together paleontologists, ecologists, and quantitative biologis...  Read More

Loren Toohey (1921-2016)

Posted: December 2, 2016
Lt. Col. Loren Toohey, USAF, Retired, passed away on November 19, 2016 at the Blue Skies of Texas Retirement Community in San Antonio, Texas. Loren was born March 2, 1921 in Antioch, Nebraska, and spent his early years in Hemingford and Alliance, Nebraska. Loren was related to both the Danbom and Toohey families. In 1942, Loren married Leona "Maxine" Caha and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary before Maxine p...  Read More
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