I was thrilled when, in 1986, the first issue of PALAIOS rolled off the presses and found its way into my mailbox. Here, I thought, is finally the long-awaited yang to Paleobiology's yin. Paleobiology had transcended hoary specimen bays and parochial taxonomies, moving into something approximating the main stream of post-World War II science. Unfortunately, fifty years (or more) of field sedimentology (not to mention traditional taxonomic skills) were sometimes abandoned as paleobiologists rejoiced in the mantra, “My field area is the Treatise.”

In the mean time, was the geological side of paleontology dead, or was it just resting? Apparently...

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