Good traditions deserve to be continued and supported.
The set of papers of this special issue, entitled Devonian and Its Fossil World, contains nine papers submitted by close colleagues or even unofficial students of Elga mainly from the parts of Europe where she worked during her long active research period. The submitting authors of the first paper of this set Newman et al. declare that their manuscript is based on an unfinished version written by Elga and they consider her the senior author of the paper. The Editor-in-chief thanks the authors for such a gentlemanlike behaviour.
The papers mostly concentrate on descriptions of new taxa (Mark-Kurik et al., Szrek & Wilk, Ivanov & Plax, Elliott et al.) and some other aspects of palaeoichthyology including morphology, assemblages and habitats of vertebrates (Glinskiy & Pinakhina, Lebedev et al., Pinakhina & Marss), but also other fossils (Rozhnov), sedimentology and stratigraphy (Luksevics et al.) are represented. The general topics of the issue seem to be very similar to those we know from the bibliography of studies by Elga Mark-Kurik (see the newest edition at http://doi.org/10.15152/GEO.19). The editors of the Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences thank all authors who helped us to publish the memorial issue. We also thank all reviewers for their contribution to this publication: A. Alekseev (Moscow), C. E. Brett (Cincinnati), C. Burrow (Queensland), C. Duffin (London), M. Duncan (Dublin), D. Goujet (Paris), V. Hairapetian (Isfahan), A. Ivanov (St Petersburg), P. Janvier (Paris), O. Lebedev (Moscow), J. Long (Bedford Park, South Australia), E. Luksevics (Riga), T. Marss (Tallinn), D. P. Plax (Minsk), H.-P. Schultze (Kansas), P. Szrek (Warszawa), J. Zajic (Praha).
Looking back on the history of vertebrate palaeontology in the East Baltic and Estonia in particular, we can see that several well-known scientists making use of local geological conditions have produced an impressive amount of significant results. This has been 'normal' beginning with E. Eichwald and Ch. Pander in the 19th century and with W. Gross, A. Heintz and others in the early years of the 20th century. This tradition was continued also by a younger generation including E. Mark-Kurik and V. Karatajute-Talimaa (Lithuania) with their students, but the 21st century did not add any new names here. Partly the reason seems to be a general dominance of micropalaeontological studies, but the situation in Estonia is complicated by inadequate procedures of fundamental science financing. The content and authorship of this special issue with several new names from other European countries evidence that in general the situation in palaeoichthyology is not at all so bad as it looks to us in Estonia. It means that good traditions are worthy to be continued and supported.
Dimitri Kaljo Editor-in-chief
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|Date:||Mar 1, 2018|
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