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In the footsteps of crocs

November 27, 2020

Crocodiles fulfill important functions in the ecosystems where they live, and they play a prominent role in the myths and legends of cultures around the world. Miryam Venegas-Anaya will share stories about years of field work in Panama with these fascinating reptiles to increase our understanding and appreciation of their diversity and behavior.

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First Sightings of Lek and courtship behavior in wrinkle-faced bats

November 18, 2020

Male Wrinkle-faced bats lower a flap of skin resembling a face mask when they are ready to mate according to a rare sighting of a lek of bats in Costa Rica.

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Diving into the deep past

November 12, 2020

Coming from a humble family, Félix Rodríguez decided from a young age that he would focus on his education in order to secure a better future for himself and his family. At different points in his life he said yes to the opportunities that were presented to him, with a curious heart. This led him to learn from world-class experts, get training abroad and become a paleontologist at the...

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Modern computational tools may open a new era for fossil pollen research

November 12, 2020

By integrating machine-learning technology with high-resolution imaging, scientists are improving the taxonomic resolution of fossil pollen identifications and greatly enhancing the use of pollen data in ecological and evolutionary research.

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Amy Koehler transforms bat science into bat art

October 30, 2020

Reshaping her interest in science into a career in art, Amy Koehler does what she loves best in the Bat Lab

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You are what you eat: Evolutionary lessons from agricultural ants in Panama

October 28, 2020

Just as contemporary human societies depend on large-scale agriculture, leaf-cutter ants depend on a long, co-evolved relationship with a fungus. As humans, we may share some of the same rules that govern their relationship.

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DNA in fringe-lipped bat poop reveals unexpected eating habits

October 26, 2020

The poop of Trachops cirrhosus revealed surprising results about its foraging abilities and prey preferences.

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The ritual significance of a classic Maya sweat bath in Guatemala

October 23, 2020

An unusual offering in an abandoned and unique-looking structure revealed new evidence of the role it played in the community

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Mosquito-borne Disease Transmission Risk

October 22, 2020

Join Jose Loaiza, STRI Research Associate and Senior Scientist at Panama’s INDICASAT-AIP, for the latest information about the role of disease transmission by mosquitos in Panama.

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New nature documentary follows Smithsonian scientists underwater

October 19, 2020

Deep reefs may represent one of the most diverse, underexplored ecosystems on the planet.

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