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Recent Connection Between North and South America Reaffirmed

Recent Connection Between North and South America Reaffirmed

August 22, 2016

Long ago, one great ocean flowed between North and South America. When the narrow Isthmus of Panama joined the continents about 3 million years ago, it also separated the Atlantic from the Pacific Ocean...

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Focus on Marine Migrations<br/>Migramar 2nd Meeting in Panama: Aug 1-2, 2016

Focus on Marine Migrations
Migramar 2nd Meeting in Panama: Aug 1-2, 2016

August 08, 2016

The Migramar network of marine research and conservation organizations held their most recent meeting at STRI, attended by 10 scientists representing Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and the United States...

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After the Age of Dinosaurs Came the Age of Ant Farmers

After the Age of Dinosaurs Came the Age of Ant Farmers

July 25, 2016

A group of South American ants has farmed fungi since shortly after the dinosaurs died out, according to an international research team including Smithsonian scientists...

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A Bioarchaeologist Reads History from Bones

A Bioarchaeologist Reads History from Bones

July 11, 2016

Nicole Smith-Guzmán holds up a small lower jawbone and says it belonged to a seven-year old child who grew up on a sugary, corn-based diet...

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A Fresh Pulse: Smithsonian<br />Celebrates the Panama Canal Expansion

A Fresh Pulse: Smithsonian
Celebrates the Panama Canal Expansion

June 27, 2016

On June 26, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) celebrates with Panama the completion of the Panama Canal expansion project...

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Evolution Painted Onto Butterfly Wings

Evolution Painted Onto Butterfly Wings

June 13, 2016

Using a reverse paint-by-numbers approach, scientists have located another gene that controls the brilliant patterning of Heliconius butterfly wings...

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Mangrove decline through the ages in Central and South America

Mangrove decline through the ages in Central and South America

May 30, 2016

As deforestation erases the thin, green line of mangrove forests along tropical shores, a new study looks to the past to provide conservation lessons for this essential ecosystem...

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New species of fly parasitizes fungus-growing ant

New species of fly parasitizes fungus-growing ant

May 13, 2016

Larvae of the newly identified fly species Pseudogaurax paratolmos Wheeler grow up on a gory diet—the larvae of the fungus-growing ant Apterostigma dentigerum...

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First North American Monkey Fossils Are Found in Panama Canal Excavation: New Species Named Panamacebus transitus

First North American Monkey Fossils Are Found in Panama Canal Excavation: New Species Named Panamacebus transitus

April 21, 2016

Seven fossil teeth exposed by the Panama Canal expansion project are the first evidence of a monkey on the North American continent before the Isthmus of Panama connected it to South America 3.5 million years ago...

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African Wars Endanger World’s Largest Gorilla Subspecies

African Wars Endanger World’s Largest Gorilla Subspecies

April 15, 2016

Grauer’s gorilla, Gorilla beringei graueri, is found only in forests of the eastern DRC. It is closely related to the mountain gorilla, G. beringei beringei, of montane forests in the Albertine Rift...

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