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Kryptobaatar sp. from the Upper Cretaceous of Bayan Mandahu. (Photo: RBINS)
02/12/2021

Two primitive mammals that lived at the end of the dinosaur era

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Reinout Verbeke

Palaeontologists from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences have described two primitive mammals from the Upper Cretaceous that lived about 70 million years ago. One was excavated in Inner Mongolia, the other in Romania.

Marine mammals in the Paratethys Sea, which became hypersaline between 13.8 and 13.4 million years ago, developed heavier bones. The core of the bone has far fewer cavities compared to contemporaries from other seas and to current species. (Image: RBINS)
23/11/2021

Marine mammals developed thicker bones as diving weights in super salty sea

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Reinout Verbeke

Palaeontologists have discovered that marine mammals developed thicker and heavier bones as an adaptation to a salty inland sea in Central Europe some 13 million years ago.

Scan van fossiele haaienkaak
16/11/2021

360-million-year-old shark jaw discovered in Belgian Ardennes

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Reinout Verbeke

A team of researchers, including palaeontologist Sébastien Olive (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences), has described a 360 million-year-old shark jaw found in the Belgian Ardennes. It is an exceptional find because cartilage almost never fossilizes.

Horse herd in the steppes of Inner Mongolia, China, July 2019. (Picture: Ludovic Orlando)
20/10/2021

Origin of domestic horses finally established

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Reinout Verbeke

Horses were first domesticated in the northern Caucasus, before conquering the rest of Eurasia within a few centuries.

Einer der beiden Wanderfalken, die in der ULB nisten, wacht über die 5 gelegten Eier (Foto: KBIN)
09/04/2021

Falcons For Everyone 2021

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Charlotte Degueldre

Falcons for Everyone is back! Until May 3rd, you can follow the daily lives of two falcon families in Brussels live: watch as the couples hatch, when the chicks come out of their egg and when they finally fly out of the nest.

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