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Falcons for Everyone 2020
02/04/2020

Observing two Peregrine falcon couples who installed their nests in Brussels

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Reinout Verbeke

Nature and its lifecycles enter our houses and our day to day lives, during this strange period of confinement …

A snake inside a snake: the cobra Naja samarensis has eaten the rare terrestrial snake Cyclocorus nuchalis nuchalis. (Photo: RBINS, Jonathan Brecko)
13/03/2020

CT Scan Reveals a Rare Snake Inside a Snake

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Reinout Verbeke

You know the Russian matryoshka dolls? Well, while CT-scanning a Samar cobra snake from our collections, we found another snake inside: a rare species of about the same size! 

Alopochen aegyptiacus
25/02/2020

Important Invasive Species for Europa Get A Factsheet

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Reinout Verbeke

Scientists from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the Royal Museum for Central Africa have published factsheets for invasive species that are of concern to Europe.

One of the three fossil jaw bones of Pahelia mysteriosa found at the Tadkeshwar mine. P. mysteriosa belongs to a newly described family of ungulates that lived 54 million years ago in India. (Photo: Thierry Smith, RBINS)
22/11/2019

Paleontologists Discover Mysterious Hoofed Animal That Roamed India 54 Million Years Ago

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Reinout Verbeke

Belgian paleontologists have discovered a new family of ungulates that lived in India some 54 million years ago.

Roraima firefly larva. (Photo: RBINS)
19/11/2019

Firefly Stops Glowing And Preys On Its Predator

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Reinout Verbeke

Belgian biologist Philippe Kok has found that larvae of a firefly species in South-America shifted their diet to a small toad that is supposed to be their predator. Interestingly, the larvae have stopped glowing. In this way, they can better ambush the toad.

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