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12 Unusual Shaman's Stones Discovered Near Boquete, Panama
2013-01-15 11:20:40

Archaeologists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have discovered a cluster of 12 unusual stones in the back of a small, prehistoric rock-shelter near the town of Boquete.

Endangered Frogs Saved By Genetic Matchmaking
2013-01-08 16:47:00

Researchers from the Smithsonian's Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project race to save frogs from a devastating disease by breeding them in captivity

Biodiversity Preservation Efforts In Peril
2012-07-26 10:40:25

Nature preserves have been remarkably successful in maintaining the biodiversity within their borders, but some threats to the species that live there are making those borders obsolete.

Turtle Fossil Found In Colombia Is Round Like A Car Tire
2012-07-12 11:12:35

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.

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2012-03-14 15:20:33

According to new research published in the journal Naturwissenschaften, spiders do not stick to their own webs because of the way they move.

Why Don't Spiders Stick To Their Own Webs?
2012-03-02 04:00:37

Researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and University of Costa Rica asked why spiders do not stick to their own sticky webs.

Ancient Camels From Panama Canal Excavation Named
2012-03-01 05:03:30

The discovery of two new extinct camel species by University of Florida scientists sheds new light on the history of the tropics, a region containing more than half the world's biodiversity and some of its most important ecosystems.

Image 1 - Ancient Popcorn Found In Peru
2012-01-19 09:04:19

A new study suggests that people living along the coast of Peru snacked on popcorn 1,000 years earlier than previously believed, based on corncobs recently found at an ancient site.

Members Of Small Monkey Groups More Likely To Fight
2011-12-29 04:00:30

Small monkey groups may win territorial disputes against larger groups because some members of the larger, invading groups avoid aggressive encounters.

2011-12-12 22:07:09

Smithsonian researchers report that the brains of tiny spiders are so large that they fill their body cavities and overflow into their legs.


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