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Artistic reconstruction of two individuals of Peregocetus, one standing along the rocky shore of nowadays Peru and the other preying upon sparid fish. The presence of a tail fluke remains hypothetical. (A. Gennari)
04/04/2019

Four-Legged Whale Ancestors Reached South America in an Otter-Like Swimming Style

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Reinout Verbeke

A four-legged whale from Peru indicates that early whales crossed the South Atlantic before 42.6 million years ago and may have propelled like otters: with a robust tail and webbed fingers on their long feet.

A wild bee of the Halictidae family (©Alain Pauly, RBINS) in front of a tiny part of its DNA sequence
21/12/2018

Tested and approved: affordable application of new DNA sequencing technologies

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Siska Van Parys

Scientists of our institute and the RMCA (Royal Museum for Central Africa) have successfully applied a technique enabling the collection of DNA of many specimens at a relatively cheap cost.

Extremely well-preserved fossil of Halszkaraptor escuilliei from Mongolia, still partly embedded in rock. (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)
06/12/2017

Stolen Dinosaur Skeleton Turns Out To Be Swimming Raptor

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Reinout Verbeke

An international team of scientists, along with Belgian palaeontologists, has described a new dinosaur that could swim. It is the first time this adaptation has been found so clearly in a dinosaur.

Newly described species Epimeria loerzae from the Antarctic (Photo: Cédric d'Udekem d'Acoz, RBINS)
16/10/2017

28 New Amphipod Species Discovered in Antarctica

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Reinout Verbeke

Biologists Cédric d'Udekem d'Acoz and  Marie Verheye of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences have discovered no less than 28 new amphipod species in Antarctica.

The perfectly preserved fossil of Serikornis sungei. (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)
25/08/2017

Dinosaur 'Silky' Is A Key Fossil in Feather Evolution

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Reinout Verbeke

Belgian palaeontologists have described a new, 165 million year old dinosaur species from Northern China. Serikornis sungei –nickmane ‘Silky’ – is an important fossil in the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs. Silky had feathers on its four limbs, but could not fly.

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