Despite the amalgamation, contraction, closure (and even occasional murder) of Departments of Geology and Earth Sciences in the United Kingdom, it is noteworthy that palaeontology continues to flourish. In large part this is due to the Palaeontological Association where shrewd financial management, selfless service by excellent editors, and an enthusiastic membership combine to produce a cheerful and dynamic organization. The long-standing series of Special Papers understandably has largely dealt with those monographic aspects of the subject that are the sinews of the discipline but have elsewhere fallen almost entirely by the wayside as journals burgeon in length, but shrink in...

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