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Understanding the evolution of life through speleology
Francesco Sauro is an Italian geologist. One of his favourite sites for study is in a very remote region of South America, on the border of Venezuela and Brazil. This is the home of the tepuis, the table-top mountains that contain underground caves where no human being has ever ventured.
Sauro organizes and leads his expeditions himself. Together with his team, he abseils into the bowels of the Earth. By exploring these underground caves, he gathers valuable clues that aid in our understanding of the evolution of the biosphere. His explorations have led to the discovery of unique species, including bacterial colonies that teach us about the evolution of life on Earth. Sauro was a 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise Laureate.Discover more on Rolex.org