Have you ever wondered how birds got their beaks?

When birds evolved from dinosaurs they had to lose their fingers and claws to be able to obtain their wings. But the loss of the toes and claws, which in general are used to manipulate objects, was at the same… Read More

The Chocó and the Pacific

The Chocó, a bio-region and important hotbed of diversity for the planet, is a game between mountains and the sea. The western face of the Andes mountain range calmly and patiently observes the tides that rise and fall in the… Read More

Peeling back the stratum of a humid tropical forest

Tropical forests are tangles of complexity; layers upon layers of ecosystems, microhabitats and microclimates mixed into a single one. Humid tropical forests are especially complicated and stratified, here heterogeneity rules supreme where not one space is the same as another,… Read More

Research + scientific projects in Mashpi

The investigation department is the home of various projects carried out in the Mashpi Reserve. An A-team of investigators work together in the laboratory, covering almost all existing groups of living beings. However, we are particularly interested in the invertebrates… Read More

The Magic of Mashpi

By Dominic Hamilton When I was a boy, the husband of an au-pair we had had when we were little would perform magic tricks at our house. He was an amateur magician. We would gather round the dining room table… Read More

New species of Magnolia found in Mashpi Reserve

It’s not every day that new species are discovered and catalogued. But in the Mashpi Reserve’s 1,200 hectares of protected forest, that’s just what happened recently. We’re pleased to share with you this discovery, made possible not only by our… Read More
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