Fossil Discoveries in the New Panama Canal

  • 16 Nov 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, 1801 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104


November 16, 2016 - 7:00pm

Gary Morgan, Curator of Paleontology, NMMNHS

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. Gary’s 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.

Gary Morgan is a Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. His primary area of interest is fossil mammals from the last 35 million years of geologic time. In New Mexico, he has worked on mammals from the Rio Grande Valley south of Las Cruces, cave deposits in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, horses and mammoths in the Gila National Forest, and fossils in Sandia Cave in the Sandia Mountains.

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