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Bronze statuette intended to contain a mummified cat (Ptolemaic period, 332–30 B.C.) (photo: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1956)
19/06/2017

Domestication of the cat: ancient DNA reveals significant role of the Near East and Egypt

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Reinout Verbeke

DNA found at archaeological sites reveals that the origins of our domestic cat are in the Near East and ancient Egypt. Cats were domesticated by the first farmers some 10,000 years ago. They later spread across Europe and other parts of the world via trade hub Egypt.

Two Mystacodon selenensis individuals diving down to catch eagle rays along the seafloor of a shallow cove off the coast of present-day Peru. CREDIT Alberto Gennari.
11/05/2017

Baleen Whales’ Ancestors Were Toothy Suction Feeders

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Reinout Verbeke

Modern whales’ ancestors probably hunted and chased down prey, but somehow, those fish-eating hunters evolved into filter-feeding leviathans.

Aircraft
30/03/2017

Aerial Surveillance Results 2016

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Sigrid Maebe

In 2016 RBINS flew a total of 273 hours on missions to observe the North Sea from the air. Our operators detected 33 instances of pollution caused by vessels at sea: 13 operational discharges and 20 accidental discharges.

Report Environmental impacts of offshore wind farms
17/03/2017

Update on the Environmental Effects of Wind farms in Belgian Waters

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Sigrid Maebe

In Belgian waters, three wind farms are now operational, one is under construction, and five more will be constructed in the near future.

A typical city-dwelling carabid beetle: Harpalus affinis. De species tolerates higher temperatures and has long wings. (Photo: Andrey Vlasenko)
07/02/2017

Urbanization Leads to Poorer Insect Communities

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Reinout Verbeke

Cities eliminate less mobile species and favour those that thrive at higher temperatures. This is the conclusion of a field study conducted in 81 places in Belgium.

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