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P R E H I S T O R I C 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, P A S S I O N 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. S U M M E R U O F L M A G A Z I N E | 41

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