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Artist's reconstruction of the pterosaur Tupandactylus. (Copyright: Julio Lacerda)
20/04/2022

Pterosaurs already had coloured feathers

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Reinout Verbeke

Pterosaurs, flying reptiles and close relatives of the dinosaurs, already developed feathers of different shapes and colours. This has been proven by a 115 million year old Brazilian fossil, studied by a team of palaeontologists.

Arctocyon skull from the collections of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. The skull was excavated in the 1980s in the Reims region. (Photo: Thierry Smith)
31/03/2022

Mammals put brawn before brains to survive post-dinosaur world

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Reinout Verbeke

Prehistoric mammals bulked up, rather than develop bigger brains, to boost their survival chances once dinosaurs had become extinct, research suggests.

Artistic reconstruction of the Seiche wave surging into the Tanis river, bringing in fishes and everything in its path while impact spherules rain down from the sky. (Artistic reconstruction: Joschua Knüppe)
23/02/2022

Reign of the dinosaurs ended in spring

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Reinout Verbeke

An international team of researchers has discovered that the asteroid that wiped out almost all the dinosaurs came down in spring. This is indicated by the growth and feeding patterns of fish that died immediately after the impact.

Skeleton of a cave hyena cub (composed of bones of several individuals) from the Cavern Marie-Jeanne (Photo: Thierry Hubin, RBINS)
02/02/2022

Skeletons of hundreds of Ice Age hyena cubs found in Belgian cave highlight severe ecological event that struck northern Europe about 45,000 years ago

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Reinout Verbeke

Researchers from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, have recovered more than 300 skeletons of cave hyena cubs from a prehistoric cave in southern Belgium.

A 'hunched' male O. gibbosus spider. (Photo: Gilbert Loos, ARABEL-image bank)
23/12/2021

Supergene turns spider into a ‘macho male’

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Reinout Verbeke

Biologists from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences found in a spider species that 'macho males' have an extra set of genes that is lacking in feminized males.

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