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Explore your curiosity with Punta Culebra

April 01, 2022

Join Alvaro, Andreina and Francis from the Punta Culebra Nature Center, to discover the new interactive and experimental learning space called Q?rioso, which will highlight collections and laboratory equipment from the Smithsonian Institution and where participants will be able to unleash their imagination and curiosity.

Hope to see you there!

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The mystery of an unusual Panamanian plant’s dispersal

March 25, 2022

Camera traps in the forest canopy document a nocturnal mammal that may help Zamia pseudoparasitica survive up in the air.

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Small prey bully large predators… and win

March 23, 2022

Tiny, fruit-eating bats take over the roost of larger, carnivorous bats at the edge of Panama’s Soberanía National Park.

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A bilingual book makes the unique biodiversity of Panama’s Escudo de Veraguas Island available to indigenous communities

March 10, 2022

Botanist Alicia Ibañez hopes the book, which presents new data on the tiny island’s endemic flora and fauna in both Spanish and Ngäbere, will increase awareness of the importance of preserving its biodiversity.

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A decade of deep-reef exploration in the Greater Caribbean

March 09, 2022

The use of submersibles exponentially increased recorded diversity of islands’ deep-reef fish faunas .

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Smelly ocelot habitats may scare off seed-dispersing rodents

February 24, 2022

An experiment in Panama’s Parque Natural Metropolitano and Gamboa revealed that agoutis were less likely to disperse and pilfer seeds in sites where ferocious felines roam.

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Much more than a land bridge

February 18, 2022

Panama's deep history has been the subject of much research over many decades. "Panama, much more than a land bridge" is the first book written in Spanish and from Panama dedicated exclusively to addressing the discoveries and analyses surrounding the archeology of this territory.

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We are women and girls in science…

February 11, 2022

One day each year is designated as the International Day of Women and Girls in science. Let’s make it every day!

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Drones help solve tropical tree mortality mysteries

February 09, 2022

Understanding when and where trees die in vast tropical forests is a challenging first step toward understanding carbon dynamics and climate change. Researchers explained variations in tree mortality over a five-year period by analyzing drone images of one of the most-studied tropical forests in the world, Barro Colorado Island in Panama.

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First “Virtual Gigante” is a success

February 03, 2022

After being taught annually for three decades, the Smithsonian Introductory Field Life Sciences Course was suspended due to the pandemic, but it made a digital comeback in 2021.

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