Wing of a male mallard, showing the iridescent and colorful blue speculum in the secondary remiges. (Photo: RBINS)

Bones from 31,000 years ago indicate ancient exploitation of duck wings

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Reinout Verbeke

A study conducted on 31,000-year-old bird remains, discovered in the 1960’s on an archaeological site from the Hainault province, suggests that hunter-gatherers of the time had a particular interest for duck wings.

-50 % en juin2023 sur les billets d'entrée au Muséum pour les visiteurs individuels

Half-price entry for individual visitors in June 2023

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Charlotte Degueldre

The Museum gets into summer mode this June: beautiful lighting, guaranteed quiet and lots of new exhibits for the season...  

Auge eines Nashorns (Bild: Fritha Langerman)

FREIGHTED: 500 Jahre Sammlung und Ausstellung von Nashörnern

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Charlotte Degueldre

Fritha Langerman ist eine südafrikanische Künstlerin und Professorin an der Michaelis School of Fine Art an der Universität von Kapstadt. Mit ihrer Wanderausstellung macht sie auf die Krise des Aussterbens von Tierarten aufmerksam, insbesondere des Nashorns.

Collection of skulls from the medieval Coxyde abbey cemetery conservated at RBINS (Photo: Thierry Hubin; Collection RBINS)

HOME research project recommends repatriation of historical human remains from former Belgian colonies and the creation of a focal point on human remains

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Reinout Verbeke

A multidisciplinary research team coordinated by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) is calling to change the law to facilitate the repatriation of human remains where requested and to put human remains out of commerce.

Müller's ground viper (Micrelaps muelleri), a venomous snake from the Near East, is a member of the newly described family Micrelapidae. (Photo: Simon Jamison)

Scientists find a new family of snakes

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Reinout Verbeke

An international team of researchers led by the University of Helsinki has revised the phylogeny of the Elapoidea, an important group of snakes. By doing so, they discovered a new family of snakes.


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