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Salvage Paleontology on the Seaway

Science  19 Jul 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6143, pp. 232
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6143.232

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Summary

In a "once-in-century opportunity," paleontologists have collected thousands of fossils from beds exposed during ongoing expansion of the Panama Canal. The assemblage recovered so far suggests that the landscape, before becoming an isthmus, spawned new life forms that spread through North America.