When I received an email saying that the Paleontological Society was naming me as the winner of the Harrel L. Strimple 2014 award, I did not tell anyone—I thought it might be a mistake, and expected a second email where I would be told about the mistake, an apology, and all would follow its course. Some weeks later, The Paleontological Society published the award-winners names, and my name was there. I began to receive emails from paleontologists, mostly showing support and congratulations for the award. One of the winners is an icon of North American Paleontology, one email said: “Congratulations,...

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