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Marine fossils unearth story about Panama’s deep past

Between 6.4 and 5.8 million years ago, most of the land bridge that connects North and South America had already emerged and the channels...

Indigenous peoples were stewards of the Western Amazon

Smithsonian scientists and their collaborators have found new evidence that prehistoric Indigenous peoples did not significantly alter large swaths of forest ecosystems in the...

Species losses on isolated Panamanian island show importance of habitat connectivity

Free from human disturbance for a century, an inland island in Central America has nevertheless lost more than 25% of its native bird species...

18.5 million year old vine fossil identified as new species

An 18.5 million-year-old fossil found in Panama provides evidence of a new species and is the oldest reliable example of a climbing woody vine...

First DNA extracted from modern, ancient and fossil tropical shells

In Wonderland, Alice drank a potion to shrink herself. In nature, some animal species shrink to escape the attention of human hunters, a process...

Disproportionate extinction of South American mammals when Americas collided evident today

When the Isthmus of Panama rose from the sea to connect North and South America millions of years ago, mammals could cross the bridge...