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Barro Colorado Island Opening Day, by Unknown, March 29, 1924, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 95-20294.

March 29, 1924

The Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory in Panama officially opens. More than thirty scientists from the United States work at the island laboratory during its first year of operation. The laboratory will later come under Smithsonian Institution aegis as the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.More

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