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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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Watch the Vampcam!

Watch the Vampcam!

November 30, 2015

Like primates, vampire bats groom each other, demonstrating cooperative social relationships...

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A new field guide untangles identification of tropical vines

A new field guide untangles identification of tropical vines

November 20, 2015

A striking feature of tropical forests, woody vines or lianas compete with trees for light, slowing tree growth or even killing them...

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Will lionfish cross the Panama Canal?

Will lionfish cross the Panama Canal?

November 16, 2015

Coral reefs of the Caribbean already faced warming waters, disease and human-induced degradation. Then the lionfish came along...

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