Fellow paleontologists, I first came to know Kevin Boyce around the turn of the century, when, as a graduate student at Harvard, he was working out a novel scheme to characterize leaf morphology. It was clear from the get-go that this was someone to watch. Kevin's mentor Andy Knoll has sent many first-rate paleontologists into the world, but this was one of those cases where the advisor just needs to stand out of the way and let the student go full-tilt. Already as a student, Kevin had the vision and drive to work independently. And, like many a...

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