The rate at which the number of specialists in the various subdisciplines of micropaleontology has been steadily dwindling over the past two decades can be seen against the background of the ever increasing rate of information on morphology, taxonomy, and phyletic relationships, thanks to advances in technology. In the resulting “age of specialization” the utility of atlases/compendia should be readily apparent, focusing on, and incorporating as they do, the received wisdom of dedicated individuals and groups of individuals who combine their respective expertise into focused syntheses on various taxonomic groups. Over the past few decades we have witnessed the issue...

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