Introduction - adequacy versus incompleteness, Stephen K. Donovan and Christopher R.C. Paul; adequacy, completeness and the fossil record, Christopher R.C. Paul; determining stratugraphics ranges, Charles R. Marshall; resolution of the fossil record - the fidelity of preservation, David M. Martill; the completeness of the Pleistocene fossil record - implications for stratigraphic adequacy, Benjamin J. Greenstein et al; an overview of the completeness of the fossil record, Christopher R.C. Paul and Stephen K. Donovan; fossil solids and completeness of the rock and fossil records, Gregory J. Retallack; phylogenetic analyses and the quality of the fossil record, Peter J. Wagner; "taxonomic barriers" and other distortions within the fossil record, Carl F. Koch; patterns of occurrence of benthic Foraminifera in time and space, Stephen J. Culver and Martin A. Buzas; the fossil record of cheilostome bryozoa in the Neogene and Quaternay of tropical America - adequacy for phylogenetic and evolutionary studies, Alan H. Cheetham and Jeremy B.C. Jackson; the fossil record of bivalue molluscs, Elizabeth M. Harper; the quality of the fossil record of the vertebrates, Michael J. Benton.