It really is a wonderful opportunity to be able to write a Spotlight piece as past Co-editor of PALAIOS. After all, since my time as a student in the deep, deep South (i.e., south of the Rio Grande), I loved reading the front piece of the freshly arrived-in-the-mail PALAIOS journal—sent by snail mail at that time and patiently awaited! Those lines, typically provocative, revealed their authors in a very different light, sharing personal perspectives, with the fresh flavor of ideas presented in an almost colloquial way, without the necessary rigor and structure of a more formal scientific contribution. These lines...

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