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John Wible, curator of mammals at the
Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh,
is familiar with Rougier's work. "He is without a
doubt the leading expert on early mammals from
Gondwana, the supercontinent made up of the
southern continents. Prior to his discoveries, almost
all that was known of early mammal history came from
the northern continents. It is now evident the evolution
of mammals in Gondwana took a very different path,
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with some unique animals, like Cronopio. There is
nothing like that known from the north."
Rougier is a shining example of how following
passion can translate into success both personally
and professionally. "You have to work on what you
want to work on, but at the same time, you have to
contribute in a meaningful way," he said.
That's exactly what Rougier is doing.
Rougier's discoveries may involve small fragments,
but they often result in big revelations. His unique
dual experiences as a field paleontologist and
anatomy expert make him a vital contributor to
current conversations about some of the earliest
mammals on the planet — especially in underresearched areas, like current-day South America.
With these discoveries and assessments comes a
wealth of knowledge (and often more questions) that
affect the way we think of human physiology today.
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