New JVP Technical Editor needed

Posted: March 4, 2013
The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology seeks a new Technical Editor to fill a vacancy within the editorial team. This voluntary role involves pre-assessment of manuscript formatting in line with JVP author guidelines prior to moving MSs forward to consideration by the Editorial Board. Ideally, applicants should have a good working knowledge of the journal, a PhD in vertebrate paleontology, and either some existing editorial experienc...  Read More


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


Posted: February 24, 2013
INSTRUCTORS: Dr. Chris Klingenberg (University of Manchester, UK) and Dr. Jesús Marugán-Lobón (UAM, Spain) DATES: July 14-18, 2013; 38 teaching hours, (the week after X ICVM in Barcelona) PLACE: Els hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain) More information: Transmitting Scince or write to Organized by: Transmitting Science, the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont and the Council of Hos...  Read More

Progressive Palaeontology 2013

Posted: February 19, 2013
Progressive Palaeontology is an annual conference giving early-career scientists the opportunity to share their research in a friendly atmosphere. We are pleased to announce that the 2013 meeting will be held in the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, United Kingdom. This year's programme will include an icebreaker reception, posters and presentations, and the annual dinner and prize-giving. Lastly, experts will...  Read More

Open registration for Phylogenies and Macroevolution course

Posted: February 13, 2013
Registration is open for the course "THE USE OF PHYLOGENIES IN THE STUDY OF MACROEVOLUTION", September 9-13, 2013. Instructor: Dr. Juan López Cantalapiedra (Museo de Ciencias Naturales, CSIC, Spain). Place: Els hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain). Organized by: Transmitting Science and Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont. More information:  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

2013 PaleoFest presented by Burpee Museum

Posted: January 29, 2013
Join us for a first of its kind symposium at this year's PaleoFest. In comemoration of Burpee Museum's 15th Annual PaleoFest, we will be hosting a Late Cretaceous symposium titled "The End of the Dinosaurs: Changes in the Late Cretaceous Biosphere" in partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The symposium will feature approximately 30 lectures from an international, and world-renowned field of speak...  Read More

Last call 3D Geometric Morphometrics course - Third edition

Posted: January 29, 2013
Instructor: Dr. Lissa Tallman (Grand Valley State University, USA). Dates: May 15-17, 2013 (reduced registration until February 15). Place: Els hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain). Organized by: Transmitting Science and Institut Catalá de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont. More information: 20 % DISCOUNT FOR SVP, EAVP AND APA MEMBERS!  Read More

Last call for cladistics course in Spain

Posted: January 24, 2013
This is the last call for the course "QUANTITATIVE CLADISTICS AND USE OF TNT", June 3-7, 2013. Instructors: Dr. Goloboff and Dr. Szumik (Conicet, Argentine). The workshop will cover the basics of parsimony analysis and character optimization, tree-searches, diagnosing and summarizing results efficiently, and measuring group supports. It will have extensive hands-on exercises which will help participants get familiar with ...  Read More

Cordilleran GSA Meeting Irvingtonian Paleontology Session and Field Trip

Posted: January 17, 2013
We call your attention to a paleontology theme session entitled “Irvingtonian Paleoecology of Western North America” and a related field trip at the GSA-Cordilleran Section meeting May 20-22 in Fresno, CA. Description: This theme session will provide an opportunity for numerous Pleistocene researchers to present new data and synthesize earlier data concerning terrestrial paleontology, palynology, and paleoclimatology of ...  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 statement regarding Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) budget cuts

Posted: January 3, 2013
The Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH) in Chicago is about to undergo massive budget cuts accompanied by a significant change in organizational structure. Most of the cuts are slated to come from Collections and Research, including sweeping staff layoffs and possible dismissal of tenured curators. These cutbacks threaten to cripple the Geology Department, which houses one of the largest and most significant vertebrate pal...  Read More

Integration and Modularity with Geometric Morphometrics-Second Edition

Posted: January 3, 2013
Instructor: Dr. Chris Klingenberg (University of Manchester, UK). Date: April 2-5, 2013. Place: Sabadell facilities of the Institut Català de Paleontologia (Barcelona, Spain). Organized by: Transmitting Science and the Institut Catalá de Paleontologia M. Crusafont. The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with an overview of morphometric approaches to studying morphological integration and modularity. The concepts of integr...  Read More

South-Central GSA Paleontology-Themed Session and Field Trip

Posted: December 21, 2012
We call your attention to a paleontology-themed session and field trip at the GSA-South Central Section that will be held in Austin April 4-5, 2013. The Paleontology of Texas: A Session in Honor of Wann Langston, Jr. Michelle R Stocker, William Parker, Ernest L. Lundelius (University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences), Chris Brochu (University of Iowa). DESCRIPTION: For over 60 years, Dr. Wann Langston, Jr., has influ...  Read More

CAVEPS 2013: Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics

Posted: December 21, 2012
The 14th CAVEPS will be held at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, from Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October 2013. It will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the inaugural University of California Berkeley expedition headed by Professor Ruben Stirton to hunt for Australian Tertiary mammal fossils. CAVEPS 2013 will showcase the interconnectedness of research in vertebrate morphology, phylogeny, development, taphonomy, evoluti...  Read More
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