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The secrets of the hummingbird

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A recent study in Costa Rica revealed some evolutionary secrets of one of nature’s most adorable birds–the hummingbird. Scientists at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica wanted to understand feeding habits of the tiny birds and how the relationship between hummingbirds and their favorite flower foods may have developed. Biologists looked at characteristics of… Continue reading

The Black-Crowned Central American Squirrel Monkey

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There are just five recognized subspecies of Central American squirrel monkey, and they all reside in southern Costa Rica and northern Panama. The smallest and most threatened, Saimiri oerstedii oerstedii, resides primarily along the southwestern coast of Costa Rica. Male monkeys are the largest and weigh a maximum of 2 pounds–even fully grown! Most monkeys have… Continue reading