The new Panama Canal has just opened for business; and during the past 6 years an international team of scientists has taken advantage of the construction to study the region. Our Museum has been involved in this major National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, thanks to Museum Curator Gary Morgan. The study of the Panama Canal region included 50 researchers from around the world, with principal investigators from Panama, Colombia, Florida and New Mexico.
Garys research involved study of the Miocene age mammals that made Panama their home, including bats, beardogs, raccoons, camels, horses and rhinos. He was co-author on a recent paper published in Nature describing the earliest fossil monkey ever found from Central or North America. Come and hear about these fascinating finds.