Although his book, with its more than 700 pages, brings together a number of papers on a named theme, it is more a volume honouring the retirement of Hans-Peter Schultze and his scientific contributions on early vertebrates ranging from conodonts to early tetrapods. It developed from a symposium by the same name held at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology held in Norman, Oklahama, on October 9, 2002.

The book comprises 33 papers written by a total of 58 authors, and is divided into two formal sections: Part 1, ‘Recent Advances in Early Vertebrates’ and Part...

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