In a career spanning five decades, Frederick Szalay has remained at the forefront of palaeomammalogy. His work has mostly focused on primate origins, the phylogenetic relationships among primates, and metatherian phylogeny and functional morphology. The impact of this huge body of work has by no means been limited to palaeontology. Indeed, Szalay's work can, in part, be regarded as similar in theme and genre to Walter Bock's, the central tenet of which is that detailed examination of function and adaptation allows evolutionary history to be reconstructed. Szalay's attention to detail, his inspirational approach to the documentation of postcranial skeletal anatomy,...

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