The other Panama Papers

Panama has a rich and unique natural history, filled with stories of change and heaps of fascinating diversity. To keep you focused on the important, we present a few of our own ‘Panama Papers’ to download and read for yourself

What better than to name a new genus and species of sea-dwelling ‘river’ dolphin after the Isthmus of Panama where it was found:

La Historia Natural del Istmo de Panama – download the whole book (in Spanish) for free here and learn about the deep-time history, the impact of pirates on coral reefs, and the status of modern mangroves and fishing practices on this narrow strip of land that joins two continents.DSC_2162

Pre-colombian impacts on evolution of wild animals in Panama: Evidence of size-selective evolution in the Fighting Conch from prehistoric subsistence harvesting

Special edition about of the Bulletin of Marine Science on the Isthmus of Panama.

The Historical Biogeography of the Isthmus of Panama – a big review of the history of the Isthmus land and seas, and how the modern day ecosystems came into being

And finally, a cautionary word to all those resting on their laurels – things change and when they do extinction looms unless you can adapt! Caribbean extinctions driven by formation of the Isthmus of Panama.