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A Bioarchaeologist Reads History from Bones

A Bioarchaeologist Reads History from Bones

July 11, 2016

Nicole Smith-Guzmán holds up a small lower jawbone and says it belonged to a seven-year old child who grew up on a sugary, corn-based diet...

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A Fresh Pulse: Smithsonian<br />Celebrates the Panama Canal Expansion

A Fresh Pulse: Smithsonian
Celebrates the Panama Canal Expansion

June 27, 2016

On June 26, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) celebrates with Panama the completion of the Panama Canal expansion project...

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Evolution Painted Onto Butterfly Wings

Evolution Painted Onto Butterfly Wings

June 13, 2016

Using a reverse paint-by-numbers approach, scientists have located another gene that controls the brilliant patterning of Heliconius butterfly wings...

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Mangrove decline through the ages in Central and South America

Mangrove decline through the ages in Central and South America

May 30, 2016

As deforestation erases the thin, green line of mangrove forests along tropical shores, a new study looks to the past to provide conservation lessons for this essential ecosystem...

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New species of fly parasitizes fungus-growing ant

New species of fly parasitizes fungus-growing ant

May 13, 2016

Larvae of the newly identified fly species Pseudogaurax paratolmos Wheeler grow up on a gory diet—the larvae of the fungus-growing ant Apterostigma dentigerum...

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First North American Monkey Fossils Are Found in Panama Canal Excavation: New Species Named Panamacebus transitus

First North American Monkey Fossils Are Found in Panama Canal Excavation: New Species Named Panamacebus transitus

April 21, 2016

Seven fossil teeth exposed by the Panama Canal expansion project are the first evidence of a monkey on the North American continent before the Isthmus of Panama connected it to South America 3.5 million years ago...

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African Wars Endanger World’s Largest Gorilla Subspecies

African Wars Endanger World’s Largest Gorilla Subspecies

April 15, 2016

Grauer’s gorilla, Gorilla beringei graueri, is found only in forests of the eastern DRC. It is closely related to the mountain gorilla, G. beringei beringei, of montane forests in the Albertine Rift...

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Dominican Republic Expedition<br />What were Caribbean coral reefs like before humans?

Dominican Republic Expedition
What were Caribbean coral reefs like before humans?

April 04, 2016

Some 7,000 years ago, the Dominican Republic's Lake Enriquillo basin was a sheltered bay lined by 100km of fringing coral reef...

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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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