Latest Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama Stories
Paleontologist Carlos Jaramillo's group at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and colleagues at North Carolina State University and the Florida Museum of Natural History discovered a new species of fossil turtle that lived 60 million years ago in what is now northwestern South America.
Smithsonian researchers report that the brains of tiny spiders are so large that they fill their body cavities and overflow into their legs.
Scientists braved ticks and a tiger to discover how human activities have perturbed the nitrogen cycle in tropical forests.
A new report by researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and Canada's McGill University identifies gaps in forest monitoring and ways to improve data collection.
History and geology, not current ecology, are likely what has made tropical forests so variable from site to site, according to a new study published in the journal Science.
Smithsonian scientists and colleagues report that snails successfully crossed Central America, long considered an impenetrable barrier to marine organisms, twice in the past million years—both times probably by flying across Mexico, stuck to the legs or riding on the bellies of shorebirds and introducing new genes that contribute to the marine biodiversity on each coast.
A team of scientists, including several from the Smithsonian Institution, discovered that leaves of flowering plants in the world's first rainforests had more veins per unit area than leaves ever had before.
Sleeping Beauty's kingdom was overgrown by vines when she fell into a deep sleep.
Why are tropical forests so biologically rich - Smithsonian researchers have new evidence that the answer to one of life's great unsolved mysteries lies underground.
The discovery of a new fossil turtle species in Colombia's CerrejÃ³n coal mine by researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and the Florida Museum of Natural History helps to explain the origin of one of the most biodiverse groups of turtles in South America.
- A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.