I am delighted and honored to present Gene Hunt as the winner of the 2012 Charles Schuchert Award. Gene has truly become a leader in evolutionary paleontology, skilled at turning challenging problems into crisp questions that can be addressed in the fossil record in creative and rigorous ways.

I recently reread a letter that rightly praises Gene for his “impressive skill with both analytic and synthetic thinking” and his remarkable ability to ask questions “in his rather unassuming way” that “strike right to the conceptual core” of an issue. What's remarkable about this letter is that it wasn't written in...

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