I am deeply honored and humbled to receive the Paleontological Society Medal, also very grateful to all of the people who have contributed their inspiration and support to my career. Among them is Scott Wing, whom I sincerely thank for his kind introductory remarks, and I also thank those who nominated me for this award. I would like to reflect upon some milestones in my professional life, but first I will recount a short story from my personal “Deep Time.”

As a newly minted Ph.D. and post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, I enjoyed the friendship of Diane Gifford-Gonzalez, a zooarcheological...

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