Lee Hsiang Liow keeps surprising me in astonishing ways. When she arrived at the University of Chicago in 2000, her prior work mostly had to do with birds, bees, butterflies, mangroves, and conservation biology. Who would have guessed she'd end up in paleobiology? I became her PhD advisor, though truth be told, Leigh Van Valen may have had as much influence as I did. A bit later on, I received an unexpected invitation to a classical music recital at the University, featuring violinist Jacob Schiff and pianist Lee Hsiang Liow. Who knew!? I can report here that it was a...

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