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The marine fossil explorer

The marine fossil explorer

June 13, 2019

The Panamanian scientist Carlos De Gracia discovered the largest known marlin fossil, helped improve the classification of these ancient species and now seeks to understand how the fish of millions of years ago reacted to changes in the ocean similar to those we are experiencing today

Hot Protection

Pathogens may have facilitated the evolution of warm-blooded animals

June 11, 2019

Fever may be less effective at repelling infections in cold-blooded creatures

A life in archaeology

The regional trace of Richard Cooke is recognized in a Costa Rican anthropology magazine

June 07, 2019

The trajectory of the renowned archaeologist of the Smithsonian Institution in Panama spans half a century and has had a tremendous impact in the field of Central American archeology and the careers of dozens of researchers. A magazine from the University of Costa Rica honors him.


Biomuseo Talk, Stanley Heckadon’s Medal, Tribute to Richard Cooke’s Legacy, Princeton Course at STRI, and more

May 29, 2019
Pheromone talk

The queen gets to keep her daughter

May 23, 2019

Why did some bee species become social, while the majority have remained solitary? On Barro Colorado Island, a bee that adopts both strategies interchangeably, may unlock the evolutionary origins of sociality in insects

The avengers of the forest

The avengers of the forest

May 22, 2019

Discreet and alert, park rangers spend 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on the lookout for threats to the forest and animals of Barro Colorado Nature Monument

A time machine that explores the ocean’s past

A time machine that explores the ocean’s past

May 15, 2019

By diving into the past lives of coral reefs, a historical ecologist may protect our present-day reefs from human impacts

Parents Unknown

Mysterious Larvae Discovered in Panama’s Two Oceans

May 14, 2019

These ghostly larvae float freely in seawater, while their parents live on the sea floor and usually go undetected. Genetic studies of larvae provide clues that there are more species to be discovered

Hormone Hang-Ups

Parasitoid Wasps may turn spiders into zombies by hacking their internal code

April 26, 2019

Parasitoid wasps lay their eggs on a spider’s back. This team proposes that by injecting the spider host with the molting hormone, ecdysone, the wasp induces the spider to make a special web for the wasp’s pupa.

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