I greatly appreciate receiving the prestigious Harrell L. Strimple Award of The Paleontological Society. I wish to thank Dan Blake for his recommendation, and I would like to thank my anonymous friends and colleagues who wrote letters in support of my nomination. I would like to thank my friend Hans Hagdorn for his support.

Like other paleontologists I started collecting fossils as a schoolboy. I did not become a professional in geology, however, but turned to pharmacy instead, not the least because my father wished so. During these studies and later in my professional career in the pharmaceutical industry I...

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