Oldest Monkey Fossil Unearthed in Panama Canal

“Cebus capucinus,” the species of Cebus common in Panama today. (Photo by Sean Mattson, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)

Seven fossil teeth uncovered 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. The new Panamacebus transitus species is believed to be 21 million years old and related to the capuchin and squirrel monkeys found in Central and…

50 Dolphins Found on Tonosi Beach

Fifty dolphins appeared on Tonosi’s Ostional beach in the province of Los Santos this week. Area residents and environmental officials helped the mostly bottlenose mammals back into the Pacific Ocean, but as many as 10 of the dolphins died. Both the cause of death and how the animals came to the beach are still unknowns. The MiAmbiente organization…

Woman Wires Money From Panama to Cuba

A woman in Panama sent the first remittance to Cuba from Latin America this week when she wired money through Western Union to her mother this week. On March 21, the global payment service announced that it would be moving money into Cuba beyond U.S. borders for the first time, making it possible for people in 200 countries…

The BiblioMetro is Here

Metro of Panama, S.A. inaugurated its first BiblioMetro library in the Cordoba Fernandez station on Wednesday. The reading initiative, part of a “Metro Culture” project, seeks to encourage passengers to take a book for the ride and return it during a later trip. Books available include One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Time of the Hero, Para…

Panama Reacts to Panama Papers

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announced the creation of an independent commission of national and international experts to investigate and report on Panama’s financial and legal systems. The panel would be charged with examining existing practices and propose measures to strengthen the transparency of the country’s systems. Varela says that Panama is being unfairly characterized in the media storm…

Iceland’s Prime Minister Resigns

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Just days after walking out of an awkward interview that raised questions about his ownership of an offshore company, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson stepped down as Iceland’s Prime Minister. He is the first political leader to do so in the wake of the April 3 disclosure of the over 11 million files leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.…