About the Society

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.

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Have you found a vertebrate fossil? It may be scientifically important, and extremely delicate. It’s crucial to the science of paleontology that fossils are excavated, prepared and stored according best practices that have been painstakingly developed over many decades. Fossils that are damaged, destroyed or poached for private collections are lost opportunities to better understand our world and […]

Membership

Join the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology at our members website, VertPaleo.org > SVP’s most vital resource is the active participation by members and annual meeting attendees in SVP projects, activities and publications. SVP is a member society of AGI and thus all of our memebrs can take advantage of the many benefits that organization has to […]

Leadership

Questions or comments for the SVP board of directors? Send us your questions using our Contact page.

Annual Meeting

Each year, vertebrate paleontologists, preparators, writers, artists and enthusiasts convene to share the latest research, attend workshops and field trips, and meet new fossil fans as well as old friends. It’s the world’s foremost forum on vertebrate paleontology: the Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. It’s usually referred to simply as “SVP”. This […]

Committees

The Executive Committee (ExCom) is the governing body of the society. Society Operations Financial Oversight Committee (ExCom Liaison: Treasurer, Ted Vlamis) The Financial Oversight Committee is responsible for ensuring fiscal responsibility and developing financial management policies for the Society’s funds. See the current committee on our members website, VertPaleo.org > Development Committee (ExCom Liaison: Vice President, David Polly) […]

Mission and Purpose

Mission The purpose of this Society shall be to: advance the science of vertebrate paleontology throughout the world; serve the common interests and facilitate the cooperation of all persons concerned with the history, evolution, ecology, comparative anatomy and taxonomy of vertebrate animals, as well as the field occurrence, collection and study of fossil vertebrates and […]

Media Guide

SVP Annual Meeting The SVP 74th Annual Meeting will be held in Berlin, Germany from November 5-8, 2014. See the Annual Meeting Web pages to learn more. The SVP Annual Meeting is a venue for delegates to come together and share ideas with each other in a relaxed setting. While we wish to accommodate members […]

Disclaimer

SVP Website Disclaimer and Notice of Proprietary Information All materials posted on this site are subject to copyrights owned by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) or other individuals or entities. Any reproduction, retransmission or republication of all or part of any document found on this site is expressly prohibited, unless SVP or the copyright […]

Publications

Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology is the flagship publication of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The first issue of the journal appeared in 1981 and had 422 published pages. The total pages published yearly has increased steadily since then, but recent increases have been dramatic, leading to an all time high […]