Thank you, Arnie. I feel honored to be recognized before a group of people for whom I have such admiration. My strong inclination is to say thank you and sit down, but I've been encouraged to say a few words about our discipline. I could single out areas that are especially exciting to me such as the bearing of sequence stratigraphy on paleobiology, new developments in theoretical morphology, or the application of everything from field taphonomy to mathematical modeling in overcoming the defects of the fossil record. But it might be more relevant to comment on two general trends that...

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