Statements and Guidelines
As one of the leading paleontological societies, it is important that the SVP participate in discussions and issues affecting vertebrate paleontology, our profession, and the public. These may include, but are not limited to, protection of fossils on public lands, the role of vertebrate paleontology and evolution in education, ethics, joint agreements with other professional societies or governmental agencies, and other significant issues. The SVP will release periodic statements on this site, which reflect current or new policies, or the society's position on key issues.
Official Policy Statements
- Bylaw on Ethics Statement
- Concern Over Possible Loss of Fossil Resources
- Statement on the Proposed Closing of the Department of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University
- SVP Supports NSC Alliances Proposed Executive Order
- Paleontologists Concerned Over Fossil Sale
- Statement on the Closing of the University of Wyoming Geological Museum
- SVP Statement about Louisiana's new "Science Education Act"
- Addendum to Executive Committee's Final Statement Concerning Allegations From Martz, Parker, Wedel and Taylor
- SVP Executive Committee Response to Allegations from J. Martz, W. Parker, M. Taylor and M. Wedel against S. Lucas, A. Hunt, A. Heckert, and J. Spielmann
- Professional Conduct: Best Practices Regarding Research, Publication, and Museum Work. Prepared by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Ethics Education Committee.
- Statement from the Executive Committee about Dr. John Rensberger and the ethics of collecting vertebrate fossils
- Guidelines from the Ethics Education Committee for collecting, documenting and curating fossils
- Conformable Impact Mitigation Guidelines Committee
- On evolution
- On the use of United States Public Lands
- On the sale of vertebrate fossils
- SVP Hails Passage of Fossil Preservation Bill
- Impact Mitigation Guidelines
Bylaws and Constitution