John Wible, PhDwiblephoto

Curator and Head of Section
Edward O'Neil Research Center
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
412.665.2751 (fax)

John Wible is the Curator of Mammals and Head of Mammals at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The section houses the eighth largest collection of recent mammals in the western hemisphere. Wible served as Dean of Science at Carnegie Museum of Natural History from 2000–2002, and as an interim co-director of the museum from 2000–2001.

Wible received his doctorate in Anatomy from Duke University in 1984. He completed a post-doctoral Fellowship in anatomy at the University of Chicago from 1985–1987, a Master of Arts degree in anthropology from New York University in 1977, and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Cornell University in 1975. He was an assistant professor and then associate professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology at the University of Louisville from 1989–1998 as well as a research associate/assistant professor in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago in 1988.

Wible’s research focuses on the evolutionary history of mammals, mammalian higher-level phylogeny, and the evolution of the mammalian skull. Research topics for which he served as primary author include monographic treatments of the skulls of the following recent mammals: the Hispanolian Solenodon paradoxus, the yellow armadillo Euphractus sexcinctus, and the short-tailed opossum Monodelphis brevecaudata. He has also served as primary author on monographic treatments of the skulls of three Late Cretaceous mammals from Mongolia: the multituberculate Kryptobaatar dashzevegi,and the eutherians Zalambdalestes lechei and Maelestes gobiensis. Research grants have been awarded from such sources as the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

In January 2007, Wible was named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mammalian Evolution. He had served as associate editor of the Journal of Mammalian Evolution since 1995. He has served as the Senior Editor for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Scientific Publication Series since 2004. He was also a co-editor of the 2006 book Amniote Paleobiology: Perspectives on the Evolution of Mammals, Birds, and Reptiles.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is ranked as one of the top five natural history museums in the country. The museum maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 21 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. More information is available at

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