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Cancer found in 700-year-old Panamanian remains

Evidence of bone cancer has been found in 700-year-old human remains found in Panama. On a shelf in Panama City, a human skeleton was bundled into a bag within a cardboard box for 46 years. Or part of a skeleton, anyway. The bones had been looked at once in 1991 and

Panamanian islanders may have hunted dolphins

Dolphin remains make up 8 percent of the mammal remains found in a 6,000-year-old midden on an island off the coast of Panama. Precolombian seafarers left what is now mainland Panama to settle on Pedro González Island in the Perlas archipelago about 6,000 years ago, crossing 50-70 kilometers (31-44 miles) of

17th-century Spanish wreck found off Panama coast

Archaeologists searching for ships belonging to Captain Henry Morgan have discovered the wreck of the Encarnación, a 17th-century Spanish ship. In 1681, the Spanish merchant ship Encarnación sank during a storm near the mouth of the Chagres River on the Caribbean side of Panama. Built in Veracruz, Mexico, the cargo vessel

Ancient shaman’s stone collection found in Panama

Archaeologists believe that a collection of 12 stones found in a 5,000-year-old rick shelter in Panama may have belonged to an ancient shaman. The collection, which included translucent quartz, pyrite, magnetic rocks and bladed tools, was likely used in shamanic rituals because of how closely together they were packed, Dickau told

Unnamed civilization’s tombs found in Panama

This is a super interesting find: Archaeologists working in Central America have found tombs from an unnamed civilization currently known at the "Golden Chiefs". The team also uncovered a grisly clue as to how the apparent sacrifices might have met their fates, though forensic analysis is still underway. "A vessel full of

Captain Morgan’s lost ships found?

Divers off the coast of Panama have found what they believe are traces of five ships that Henry Morgan lost in 1671. In 1671, Morgan aimed to weaken Spain's control of the Caribbean by sacking Panama City, and the first step was to capture Castillo de San Lorenzo, a Spanish fort

Pirate Henry Morgan’s cannons recovered in Panama

Six cannons belonging to the infamous Henry Morgan have been recovered from a river in Panama. The size and shape of the cannons appear to be a close match with the characteristics of small iron cannon of the Seventeenth Century. A more detailed identification of the cannons will take place after

Extinct giant shark nursery discovered in Panama

Palaeontologists have discovered that the six-foot-long babies of the world's biggest shark species, Carchaeocles megalodon, frolicked in the warm shallow waters of Panama. "Adult giant sharks, at 60-70 feet in length, faced few predators, but young sharks faced predation from larger sharks," said Catalina Pimiento, visiting scientist at STRI and

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