A landmark for studies in the British Devonian was the 1978 PADS meeting when not only were two important field guides produced but also an important volume of key papers (House, Scrutton & Bassett, 1979). Two geologists, J. R. L. Allen and D. Dineley, figured prominently in these, and the present volume is dedicated to them. Our understanding of the Old Red Sandstone was revolutionized by the work of J. R. L. Allen in the 1960s and 70s and further progress was made in the 1970s and 80s leading to several major publications which until now have remained...

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