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STRI finds fossils in the Panama Canal

July 28, 2008

STRI finds fossils in the Panama Canal

STRI found and identified some 500 archaeological pieces 10 to 15 million years old, like mammal, turtles and vegetable remains, with funds provided by the Panama Canal Authority

STRI found and identified some 500 archaeological pieces 10 to 15 million years old, like mammal, turtles and vegetable remains, with funds provided by the Panama Canal Authority. According to El Tiempo de Bogotá, “the finding could shed light on the emergence of the Isthmus of Panama, the last link of mainland that united North and South America.”

The ACP awarded the contract to STRI to mitigate the impact of losing fossil remains during the expansion of Panama Canal, and to rescue every possible testimony of the origins of the Isthmus” explained Hortensia Broce, ACP environmental specialist.

STRI paleontologist Camilo Montes, STRI postdoctoral fellow is in charge of the classification and identification of the remains since February 2008, and is currently working on an excavation near the Pedro Miguel locks in the Pacific gradient of the waterway.

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