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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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Dominican Republic Expedition<br />What were Caribbean coral reefs like before humans?

Dominican Republic Expedition
What were Caribbean coral reefs like before humans?

April 04, 2016

Some 7,000 years ago, the Dominican Republic's Lake Enriquillo basin was a sheltered bay lined by 100km of fringing coral reef...

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New Golden Frog Species Discovered in Colombia Named for Legendary City of Gold

New Golden Frog Species Discovered in Colombia Named for Legendary City of Gold

March 18, 2016

A team of scientists including a STRI research associate announced the discovery of a new species of pale-gold colored frog from the cloud forests of the high Andes in Colombia...

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Tiny Island Deer in Panama Was Hunted to Extinction Thousands of Years Ago

Tiny Island Deer in Panama Was Hunted to Extinction Thousands of Years Ago

March 04, 2016

As polar ice caps melted at the end of the last Ice Age about 8,500 years ago, the global sea level rose and Panama’s Pearl Islands were isolated from the mainland...

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El Niño update<br />Central Panama's driest three-year span

El Niño update
Central Panama's driest three-year span

February 19, 2016

Few weather phenomena dominate Panama’s weather for more than a few days or weeks...

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Cause for Hope: Secondary Tropical Forests Quickly Put on Weight

Cause for Hope: Secondary Tropical Forests Quickly Put on Weight

February 05, 2016

How fast tropical forests recover after deforestation has major consequences for climate change mitigation...

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Smithsonian Botanist Discovers New Ground-Flowering Plant in Panama

Smithsonian Botanist Discovers New Ground-Flowering Plant in Panama

January 25, 2016

Rattlesnake- zebra- and peacock plants have a new wild relative, discovered by Rodolfo Flores, Panamanian botanist and intern at the STRI...

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Were Panamanian Islanders Dolphin Hunters?

Were Panamanian Islanders Dolphin Hunters?

January 11, 2016

Precolombian seafarers left what is now mainland Panama to settle on Pedro González Island in the Perlas archipelago about 6,000 years ago...

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Smithsonian Offers Free Publication to Inform Tropical Land-use Decisions

Smithsonian Offers Free Publication to Inform Tropical Land-use Decisions

December 14, 2015

Forty percent of the world’s people share the tropics with 50 percent of the world’s terrestrial life...

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