Mammalian Evolutionary Morphology. A Tribute to Frederick S. Szalay [book review]

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Robert Anemone, Professor and Department Head (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: It is a great pleasure to review a volume honoring Fred Szalay’s many outstanding contributions to vertebrate paleontology and evolutionary morphology. The latest entry in Springer’s Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology series is a fitting tribute to a giant of our field whose influence continues to be felt as a result of his body of work and the work of his students and colleagues, many of whom are represented in the list of contributors to and editors of this volume. In the spirit of full disclosure I should state that as a graduate student in the 1980s with interests in primate functional morphology and evolution, I spent long hours and exerted much effort trying to master the complex rhetoric and forceful argumentation of Fred’s many publications, especially those on morphological and phylogenetic aspects of Paleocene and Eocene primates. Mixed with the pleasure of reviewing this wonderful tribute to Fred, however, is my sadness at noting the volume’s dedication to the memory of Dr. Justine A. Salton, Fred’s last Ph.D. student who died at far too young an age, only three months after defending her dissertation. Justine was an exceptionally promising young scholar and a friend to the editors, many of the contributors, and to this reviewer, and this volume serves as a fitting tribute to her life and scientific accomplishments.

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Language: English
Date: 2010
book reviews, Fred Szalay, vertebrate paleontology, evolutionary morphology, paleobiology

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