As I examine the history of The Paleontological Society Medal, I note that there are but four previous paleobotanical awardees, equal in number to those champions of plant predators—the vertebrate paleontologists (granted, we lead paleo-entomology, which has been honored but once).

But the situation is worse than that, for overall, students of autotrophs are greatly outnumbered by students of heterotrophs; this turns the ecological pyramid upon its head. Thus, it is my pleasure to ask our assembled colleagues if they have thanked an autotroph for their professional existence and to up the score on the side of the autotrophs to...

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